Update 17 December 2019 - The results of this engagement exercise are now available here.
The CCGs in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, on behalf of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sustainability Transformation Partnership (STP) are interested to hear your opinions on mental health, so they can ensure local strategy better meets the needs of Herefordshire and Worcestershire patients, public, staff, partners and local organisations. The feedback received will help to shape the development of a new Mental Health Strategy.
Background: Across Herefordshire and Worcestershire all local health and care organisations are committed to providing the best mental health care possible. We want mental health and wellbeing to be high on our local agenda, to ensure members of our communities are aware of mental health and are able to recognise issues in individuals, and to be able to support or signpost appropriately. When things get harder or more serious we want our specialist services to be equipped to provide support as early as possible, with a focus and commitment to recovery.
Organisations across our two counties are working together in partnership to provide services which are safe, effective and sustainable. We think it is important for people to be able to get help and support as early as possible and to live healthy and independently for as long as they can. When more support is needed, we want people to be able to access services quickly, in the right place at the right time.
The CCGs in Herefordshire and Worcestershire are working on behalf of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sustainability Transformation Partnership (STP) to set out a Mental Health Strategy. We are interested to speak with local people, staff and partners to better understand your views on mental health, so that we can ensure the new strategy meets the needs of local people. We are hoping to gain a greater understanding of what you think works well and where we need to make improvements.
Your views will build upon previous engagement work that has been carried out, but will provide us with an opportunity to work with patients, stakeholders and the wider community to understand what more we need to consider. This is an opportunity to work together to shape our mental health strategy over the next few years, to ensure mental health awareness is embedded across our communities, and to develop new and existing services so that people can get the help they need to support them in their recovery. We plan to undertake more specific engagement exercises in the near future, allowing us to work together to coproduce solutions.
Give your views: There are various ways you can be involved and give your views. Please see below:
The aim of the listening event is to explore what patients, carers and members of the public think is working well for people with a mental health condition in Herefordshire and Worcestershire (this could be a service, a team, how to access information or help, or anything else that you think works well). We will also be listening to what you think does not work so well or anything else that you think needs improvement. We will be asking to hear your views on what you think the Mental Health Strategy should focus on.
Please be aware that this listening event is aimed at opening the conversation about the STP Mental Health Strategy and to identify any gaps in the system, across the two counties. Specific engagement and coproduction exercises are planned in the new year.
If you would prefer to give your views online, please complete our survey. Open from Tuesday 1 October 2019 until 12.00pm, (midday) Tuesday 12 November 2019.
The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/thementalhealthstrategy
You can call us with your comments at 01905 681978