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Getting Involved

Getting Your Voice Heard

In Perinatal we want to make sure that people with lived experience are at the heart of how we work and that you feel as comfortable as possible sharing your experience with us. We want to ensure that you have a say on how we work within this services.

What is Participation

People Participation is an opportunity for service users, families / significant others to become involved in many aspects of the Trusts work. Your expertise through living / lived experience is invaluable. In order to improve the service, it is vital that people with living / lived experience are involved in developing and shaping the direction of the Trust.

The experience of People Participation is different for each person. it can be something as broad as influencing the direction of the Trust or as specific as being involved in decisions about your own care.

All involvement will be supported by your local People Participation Lead (PPL) who will ensure you are informed of all appropriate opportunities and will support you to access them.

You are entitled to payment and expenses for your participation through the rewards and Recognition Scheme.

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Who can get involved?

If you use or have recently used the Perinatal Mental Health Services, or are a family member/ significant other then you can be involved in Perinatal People Participation.

If you have been discharged from the service you can still continue to be involved for up to 18 months. Please discuss this with you People Participation Lead.

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Examples of how to get Involved

  • Friday Mums Cuppa sessions - this is an opportunity to come have a virtual cuppa in a safe non-judgement space, this happens every two weeks.
  • Perinatal Families Together Group - this group comes together once a month to look at what is going on in Perinatal and to focus on aspects that they feel would help support Mums and Partners.
  • Communication Steering Group - this group looks at all our communications and works to develop and improve all aspects of communication with this service.
  • Research - to work with People Participation Team to focus on areas of research that can help support development of the service.
  • Co-delivering Training and Lectures - opportunity to co-delivery training to ensure voices of people with lived experience are part of demonstrating how we work.

See our calendar of events and get involved

How being involved has shaped services so far…

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Benefits of being involved for you

How we can support you

You can get involved as much or as little as you want, we realise you are caring for your little one and juggling many responsibilities. If you decided you want to join the People Participation Team in Perinatal we can offer you; training opportunities, the chance to shape recruitment of staff on interview panels, gain skills to chair and co-chair meetings, and get involved in Quality Improvement Projects around the Trust.

Overall you also get the support of People Participation Leads and get to meet other people with lived experience.

How to get involved

What to have your say on Perinatal Participation?

We have launched a survey to hear directly from you on your experience.

To complete it please click here.

If you are interested or what to hear more about this please contact;

Lara Roberts for East London (Newham, Tower Hamlets and City & Hackney) on  lara.roberts5@nhs.net

Hanan Abdrabou for Bedfordshire & Luton on hanan.abdrabou@nhs.net

We look forward to hearing from you!

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