The two Lay Board Members for Patient & Public Involvement for North Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups are involving the public in putting mental health services under the microscope. They have recruited ten people to act as members of a citizens’ jury on mental health services in Northern Staffordshire. The jury is a group of people who have experience of mental health services, either as patients or carers and also people with no experience but who have an interest in health care.
The role of jury is to develop recommendations which will be presented to the Joint Clinical Commissioning groups’ Governing body to inform the commissioning of mental health services.
Access to Appropriate Adult Mental Health Services
The Citizens Jury, which is putting access to adult mental health services under the microscope in Stoke on Trent and North Staffordshire, has been involving local people to collect evidence. This evidence is being reviewed, in order to make recommendations on how to improve services.
The recommendations will be considered by the CCG's Governing Body and shared at a Community Conversation event during April. More information about the event will be available on the website shortly.
Our thanks to Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service for supporting the project by working with us as Clerk to the Jury.
Over the past year, since early 2017, the CCGs have been putting mental health services under the microscope, with the help of a Citizens’ Jury. Ten people were recruited to act as members of the jury to focus on access to mental health services across Northern Staffordshire. Jury members included people with experience of mental health services, either as patients or carers, and also people with an interest in health care.
The jury carried out focus groups, interviews and a survey to gain feedback and views on people’s experiences of mental health services.
All of this information was then collated by the jury into a report which contained its findings and the jury’s recommendations.
This report was presented to the CCGs’ Patient Congresses and then to the CCGs’ Governing Body in April 2018.
The full report can be found here: pdf Findings and Recommendations- Access to Appropriate Adult Mental Health Services (1.31 MB)