Scores Turn Out for Mental Health Trust Event – 25/03/09

More than 100 people came together to help a Black Country mental health trust shape the future of its services.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust held its ‘Better Together – Moving Forward’ event in Dudley last week to discuss ideas for its clinical plan.

Service users, carers, clinicians, staff, commissioners, voluntary sector organisations and other partners were invited to the event to initiate and share ideas about how to develop mental health services in Dudley and Walsall.

Trust leaders said the event was a success after more than 100 people turned out to put their ideas forward.

Feedback from the day will be used by the Trust in developing its clinical plan, which will set out the Trust’s approach to delivering care and treatment for the next five years.

Councillor Sue Greenaway, Dudley Council’s champion for mental health, was among the attendees on the day.

She said: “It was nice that so many people came along to this event. From my point of view this was a very informative and educational event.

“I think that the service users and carers who attended were very enthusiastic about being able to give their opinions. I hope that these opinions will now be taken into consideration for the future of mental health services in the area.”

John Roden, vice-chair of the Dudley branch of the Alzheimer’s Society, also attended Better Together – Moving Forward. 

He said: “This was a great event and it was nice to see so many people were prepared to come along.

“We will have to watch this space now but I would like to think we have had some input in the way things are going at the Trust.”

Gary Graham, Chief Executive of the Trust, said: “We were very keen to seek the views of service users, carers and other parties when formulating our clinical plan for the next five years.

“The Better Together – Moving Forward event was an excellent opportunity for us to engage with those people working with and using our services so that we can begin to make improvements.

“The event was a great success and I was delighted to see so many people come together to discuss how we can best care for those with mental ill health in Dudley and Walsall.”

Better Together – Moving Forward took place on March 18 at The Village Hotel, Dudley.