We have been approached by Southern Health Foundation Trust to raise awareness across the city of a series of workshops that they are running in April and May which will be looking at transforming city-wide mental health services.

The Trust is inviting patients, carers, family members, clinicians and local organisations to attend (or send a representative to) a series of workshops in April and May as detailed in this letter from Southern Health.

The purpose of the workshops is to discuss in detail how people in Portsmouth and East Hampshire access mental health services and how this can be improved. Southern Health Foundation Trust is offering to pay to cover patient, carer and family member out of pocket expenses to enable people wishing to attend all four workshops to do so.

The idea for the four workshops, which each last a week, and then a final summary workshop (lasting two days) came about from the Clinical Services Strategy, entitled ‘Statement of Strategic Direction’, produced in March 2017, in which Southern Health Foundation Trust stated the broad areas of activity that an Expert Reference Group (Deloitte and Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Trust) identified as needed improving; how people access mental health services, re-accessing mental health services once discharged.

In discussion from a recommendation made by the Local Delivery System chair, it was agreed that access to a single point of access should also be included in the review; read the strategy at www.southernhealth.nhs.uk/about/what-we-do/our-clinical-services-strategy/

If you would be interested in contributing but unable to attend all four workshops there is also a dedicated online focus group where you can add your thoughts on the mental health service review.

The insight gathered from the workshops will be incorporated into a report for Southern Health Foundation Trust to consider what can be taken forward in a mental health and learning disabilities service redesign across Portsmouth and East Hampshire.

Voluntary sector partner organisations (including Healthwatch Portsmouth) will be invited to take part in a follow-up discussion on how the feedback gathered in the workshops and online focus group could be implemented.  We will then produce an update note and circulate this through our networks.

If you are interested in taking part in this please respond directly to Southern Health Foundation Trust by email to: Dean Garrett dean.garrett@nhs.net  or Klara Thomas delivery.unit@southernhealth.nhs.uk, alternatively you can phone the Trust on 07971 705455 to register interest.

Letter from Southern Health about mental health workshops in April and May 2018
Workshop details for Southern Health Foundation Trust workshops April and May 2018