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Come and help shape Cumbria's Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Strategy

Posted on Monday 2nd June 2014


NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Cumbria County Council (CCC) are calling on the public to add their views to Cumbria’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Strategy.

A series of events are being held across Cumbria this week where the public and other interested parties can find out about the strategy and answer questions to help shape the future of the service.

The CCG and CCC are responsible for ensuring a safe and effective mental health and wellbeing service for Cumbria’s residents. Both organisations are committed to engaging with patients, carers and the public to gain their views on what service developments or changes they would like to see in local mental health services.

NHS Cumbria CCG’s Lead Nurse (Quality & Safety) Clinical Director Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Laura Carr said: “We have learned from our achievements over the past two years and also from what we have struggled to achieve and are now ideally placed to meet the challenges of the future. To achieve this we need the help of the public, patients and carers by providing their views and ideas on how we shape the service for the future needs of Cumbria’s residents.

“I would urge anyone with an interest in local mental health and emotional wellbeing services to attend one of the events we have put on.”

The current Cumbria Wellbeing and Mental Health Strategic Framework, Cumbria Commissioning Strategy for Mental Health 2008 and NHS England’s Mental Health Outcomes Strategy for people of all ages, ‘No Health without Mental Health’ (2011) have aimed to improve outcomes for people with mental health problems through high quality services that are equally accessible to all. The six principal outcomes are:

 More people will have good mental health

 More people with mental health problems will recover

 More people with mental health problems will have good physical health

 More people will have a positive experience of care and support

 Fewer people will suffer avoidable harm

 Fewer people will experience stigma and discrimination

Cumbria’s new Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Strategy will be based on a range of sources including local data, service reviews and on local people’s experiences, policy guidance, emerging evidence and best practice that include wider social and health perspectives.

In bringing together these diverse and rich sources of information, the strategy seeks to best meet the mental health needs of people living in Cumbria and to build resilience across its communities. With need and demand for services increasing, NHS Cumbria’s Health Economy’s collective resources – or assets – are under increasing pressure. There is a shared responsibility to use them wisely and creatively.

To shape this the CCG and CCC want to hear your views on what changes would make a positive difference to the way you or your family and friends receive services. They want to hear ideas on how things could change for the better and make a real difference? Ideas or innovations can be small or large – it’s hearing about anything that would be beneficial; such as hearing of any experience of how things could be improved and have a positive impact on services in health or social care?

At the meeting a broad range of topic areas will be discussed to help start the conversation, but there may be many other and better ideas to add to the topic list:

 Building Resilience in Mental Health and Wellbeing

 Quality, safety and patient experience

 Mental and Physical health – whole-person combined care

 Supporting and Engaging Families and Carers

 Equality of Access

 GP services, community and hospital statutory services

 Independent and third sector services

The engagement meetings, facilitated on the CCG’s and CCC’s behalf by People First’s Best Life Network, will take place on the following dates and venues:

Tuesday 3 June 2 to 4pm

South Lakes Foyer

Yard 95a


Kendal LA9 4RA

Thursday 5 June 2 to 4pm

Conference Room

Best Life Building

12 Duke Street

Barrow in Furness

LA14 1LF

Friday 6 June 2 to 4pm

Whitehaven United Reformed Church

The Market Place

James Street


CA28 7HZ

Friday 6 June 2 to 4pm

Conference Room

Best Life Building

4-8 Oxford Street


CA14 2AH

If you are unable to attend any of the above meetings then the survey is available to complete online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P6TG5KM| or to request a paper copy please contact Kevin Jackson at Kevin.jackson@peoplefirstcumbria.co.uk| or call 01228 550696.


Posted on Monday 2nd June 2014


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