Linda will be attending the next Public Partnership Forum (PPF) with a representative from our Mental Health Involvement Group. PPFs hold meetings with their communities every two months to discuss different healthcare topics and their local impact, with representatives reporting views from the group back to the Community Health Partnerships.
With staffing issues adversely affecting partnership working between Service User and Carer Involvement projects across Forth Valley (Clacks, Stirling and Falkirk) it is good to be able to report that all Service Users and Carers Involvement posts in NHS Forth Valley are now filled. Now that the necessary support is back in place, the next meeting of the Forth Valley group will take place towards the end of November.
The Mental Welfare Commission aim to ensure that care, treatment and support are lawful and respect the rights and promote the welfare of individuals with mental illness, learning disability and related conditions. There are a couple of consultations coming up. The first is to get service users who have been detained under the Mental Health Act to comment on new guidelines which they are keen to produce. Linda and several people will be attending a consultation event in Edinburgh. And next year the commission is coming to Falkirk. A consultation event has been organised for Monday 19th January 2015 in the Sensory Centre, Camelon. This time the commission want to ask service users and carers about any general issues which may be of concern. When details are finalised we will advertise this event which will be open to any service user or carer from Falkirk, Stirling or Clackmannan.
NHS Forth Valley are keen to engage with people to get their views on what type of service they would like to receive in the future. The Clinical Services Review Consultation will help to ensure these views and opinions will be taken into account as the NHS develops its new Healthcare Strategy. Linda will be taking this forward on behalf of service users and carers. Individuals may also participate by going to: http://nhsforthvalley.com/get-involved/public-consultations/current-consultations/shaping-services-for-the-future/
Recognising the importance of ensuring that service user and carer consultation involves people from outside FDAMH, Linda will be attending the next Education and Employment Dinner in Caledonia Clubhouse. Linda will be letting people know about her role and hopes to recruit representatives to join the Mental Health Involvement Group.
Finally, Linda is looking into Health Issues in the Community Training. This examines different aspects of health, including considering the impact of health on communities such as health inequalities. People can choose to undertake either single modules or complete the whole course. Linda is working with Davy Cairns, Public Health Practitioner, to consider the suitability of this course for service users and/or carers.
If you’d like to discuss any of these opportunities please get in touch with Linda at FDAMH. You can also email Linda.