Mental Health Service User Involvement Lee Colwill – Service Improvement Manager – Mental Health Justine Keeble – Chair of Clarity & Service User Why are we here • Recognise that mental health service user involvement in the work of North Somerset CCG is below par. • Starting work to change that and improve the level of MH SU involvement / engagement. • Seeking your views on how to better involve mental health service users in the work of health and social care. Aims of this work • “Parity of esteem”; “no decision about me, without me” • Improving MH services through a strong service user voice and participation. • Developing service user involvement in shaping service/pathway developments, and improving health outcomes for people in North Somerset • Valuing service user time and effort. • Supporting engagement and involvement with local scrutiny structures – e.g. partnership boards, governing bodies etc. • Ensuring service users in North Somerset feel informed, are aware of how they can feed back to North Somerset CCG, and are confident that these issues will be heard. Existing picture of MH service user involvement in North Somerset • North Somerset User Carer Forum - CCG • Independent SU groups – Clarity - WSM, Moving Forward - Nailsea • Organisation-led groups e.g. AWP Recovery College • Primary Care Liaison Service (PCLS) service user-led evaluation • AWP Safewards project Examples from elsewhere • • • • • Learning Disabilities Group Healthwatch, WSUN – physical & MH issues Patient Participation Groups – GP Practices SURF – North Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service Users What our is our ideal model? • Learning Disabilities Group • Almost entirely self-sufficient – – – – Start-up investment / pump-prime Slow and steady development Retaining large degree of autonomy Solid infrastructure / consistent admin & support – via People First • Commissioned to deliver discrete pieces of work – Consultations – providing MH voice and input into the commissioning cycle / planned service changes – Service Evaluations Key Issues • Support for service users wishing to be involved • Regular communication – via email, post – updates on the group’s work, dates and times of meetings, • Administrative support – to facilitate meetings, correspondence with members, troubleshoot issues e.g. transport issues to attend meetings • Financial recognition – appropriate remuneration for the time and efforts of participating SUs Questions for the group – Part 1 • What are the biggest challenges for organisations to overcome to promote good quality SU involvement? • From your perspective what are the biggest challenges for SUs wanting to be involved? Questions for the group – Part 2 • • • • • How would you set this up? How would you get the message out? How would you get members? How would you keep members interested? What areas of MH services would you want the group to focus on?