Healthwatch Derbyshire is pleased to announce that Mental Health Together, a service focused on giving people with first-hand experience of mental health conditions a greater say in how services are delivered, has secured funding through to March 2020.
The service was in danger of being decommissioned as part of the Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Groups Financial Recovery Plan but will be able to see out the remainder of its three-year contract, albeit with a lot less funding.
Mental Health Together will be continued by two part-time Involvement Officers, Niki Glazier and Kath Dawson, both of whom were members of the original team and therefore well placed to build upon the positive work carried out in the first year of the contract.
In its new format Mental Health Together will mainly be responsible for recruiting, training and supporting Experts by Experience, both mental health service receivers and their carers, and identifying, and where appropriate facilitating, opportunities for Experts by Experience to be involved in the design and delivery of health and social care services.
Mental Health Together is currently recruiting volunteers to the Expert by Experience role. Being an Expert by Experience volunteer is a great way of using your first-hand experience of health and social care services to help improve things for the future.
By attending meetings, workshops or focus groups you’ll be able to help those who provide and plan services identify issues faced by people with a mental health condition, and look for solutions to address them.
If you are interested in becoming an Expert by Experience please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01773 880786 for more information.