More than 40 service users and partner organisations have taken part in an online engagement forum to discuss community mental health services in Luton.
The public, partner organisations and colleagues are being asked for their views and ideas on changing how services are provided.
The first of three online engagement forums was held on Friday July 31 and other sessions will be on August 19 (12-2pm) and September 17 (2-4pm).
Two separate service user and carer focus groups have also been held, with input from 35 people, and two more are also planned.
“We are delighted with the discussions and ideas already generated and look forward to further invaluable feedback through the other sessions,” said Millie Smith, People Participation (PP) lead for Luton.
Positives of community mental health services highlighted through the engagement work have included care co-ordinators, peer support workers, Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health Street Triage, employment support and DBT (Dialectical behaviour therapy – a form of talking therapy).
Some of the ideas for change so far include shorter waiting times, less change of psychiatrists, less focus on just medication - more focus on person as a whole/holistic approach, fewer clinical settings and improved relationships and communications with GPs.
The questions from the online forum will be shared with all partner organisations involved to help widen the discussion among their service users and provide further engagement and feedback.
The community health project team are keen to reach as many people as possible and are also conducting telephone surveys so people who don’t have access to online video platforms are also given a voice.
If you would like to be involved in the online public engagement forums being held on August 19 or September 17, please email email@example.com or Trudy.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07769 304055.