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Mental Health Strategy Consultation events Oct- Nov 2019

This information is provided by the organisers of the consultation, in which HDU intend to participate

Although this is a joint strategy led by Worcestershire's CCG, it is important to residents in Herefordshire to respond so that our voices are heard and thoughts considered too for a new joint mental health strategy!

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.

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.

The aim of the listening event is to explore what staff, partners and organisations 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 that needs improvement. We will be asking to hear your views on what you think the Mental Health Strategy should focus on.

The aim of the listening event is to explore what staff, partners and organisations 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 that 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. Worcester - Wednesday 23 October 2019, 10am – 12pm. To book a place, please visit: Click here

Hereford - Friday 25 October 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm. To book a place, please visit: Click here

There are also listening events for patients, carers and members of the public. If you would like more information about these, please contact worcs.engagement@nhs.net or call 01905 681978.

If you would prefer to give your views online, please complete our survey. Open from Tuesday 1 October 2019 until 12.00pm, (midday) Tuesday 11 November 2019.
The survey can be found here: Click here

Consultation until 21st September2018
Council Budget

Adult Social Care is a huge spend for Hereford Council. We should expect cuts in the 2018/19 budget, but to have your say why not complete the survey? To go directly to the link Click here

Consultation until 17th November 2017
Social Prescribing Survey

HDU have received this request from Dr Simon Lennane GP, Alton Street Surgery, Ross-on-Wye and are placing the information on our website to expand the spread of this consultation.

As locality GP Champions, we are developing social prescribing in Herefordshire. If your role involves helping people within Herefordshire, we would like to understand the issues you are faced with. Terms like social prescribing can describe a multitude of interventions, and we would like to focus our efforts on the needs of the people you work with.
Thanks for helping with the survey. It should take no more than 5 minutes or so to complete.

This is by no means an exhaustive list so feel free to suggest further questions. Please forward it to anyone you think would be interested. Social prescribing needs to be accessible to everyone working with people, whether within health or social care, education, faith groups or voluntary organisations, so it will help to spread this further afield. There is a link at the end & it would be helpful to get people, especially from outside health, involved, or you can send them this link: Click here

We ask for your e-mail address only so we can contact people who have requested the results - you can opt out of any communications at the end. It also lets us show you other (anonymised) responses at the end of the survey.
If you would prefer to answer anonymously, please use a fake e-mail, such as 456@anon.com as we can't make the e-mail question optional. You'll have to be creative and choose a random number here as it won't let you use an e-mail address someone has already used.

Consultation until 12th November 2017
Pharmacy Needs Assessment

Herefordshire Council is asking for views on services on pharmaceutical services provided by community pharmacies and dispensing practices. The survey can be completed online at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/pna or within this link you can download a paper questionnaire to complete. Hereford Council would be grateful if you would make this opportunity available to your members/colleagues to complete this as individuals plus providing a response as an organisation. You will also be invited to review the draft PNA when this is available later in the year.
Click here. to view.

Completed paper questionnaires can be returned to the council using the Freepost address at the end of the survey by 12 November 2017

Consultation until 15th March 2016
Cutting funding to Herefordshire Carers

Herefordshire Council is continuing to face significant reductions in government funding. As a result they are looking at every service they provide to consider whether it is being delivered in the most effective way to provide a quality service for those who need it.
As part of this approach, they are considering making some reductions in funding to Crossroads Care and Herefordshire Carers Support for delivering services to the county’s carers.
Check out this link to complete the survey if you are a carer in this county.
Click here. to view.

The Sustainable Transformation Plan (STP). On-going in 2017

A five year plan between the NHS and socical care, currently being discussed nationally. Herefordshire is teamed up with Worcestershire as a rural "footprint", one of 44 such areas across England.
There are events being planned for members of the public to attend, and to give you an idea of what is involved this presentation maybe useful
Click here to view.

Hereford Council consultation "Help to live at home"

Consultation Results

Click Here for further details

The current contractual arrangements with service providers for care at home are due to finish in July 2017. The council sought your views on proposals to make sure that the services the council arranges for people are efficient, provide good quality and help people to live independently

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