The co-production steering group consists of 15 members who convey information from local seldom heard groups, up to key decision makers.
The individuals involved are currently using, have used or are caring for someone who is using mental health services in Birmingham and Solihull.
The co-production steering group meet on a monthly basis and are now supported by workers from the MIND Community Development Workers Service (CDW), whose role is not only to offer support and facilitate meetings, but also to disseminate information to hard to reach community groups.
We have encouraged members of the steering group to sit on a number of the decision making working groups. To date there is user involvement in the Mental Health Programme Delivery Board, Urgent Care Task and Finish Group and Primary Care Task and Finish Group, where their role is to challenge professionals and to make sure that decisions are service user focused.
All steering group members have been offered training to ensure that they understand their roles, the commissioning process as well as gaining an understanding of how the whole mental health system interlinks.
The group are also keen to develop links with other service user groups and have met with the Recovery for All group at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust to establish if there is any possibility of carrying out joint work
What have people been involved in, so far?
- Crisis Café’s – including developing reports, meeting with organisers and carrying out site visits
- Supported the progression of neurodevelopment pathways
- Supported the design of ‘Early Help’ offer
- Given advice on the IAPT service specification.
- Given advice on the Primary Care Liaison Feedback Form.
- Being part of the decision making process - involvement on mental health governance, Programme Delivery Board, urgent care and primary care task and finish groups.
- Presentations to the Mental Health System Strategy Board.
What are the opportunities for people to get involved?
At present involvement in mental health co-production is through the steering group and through the projects disseminated from the group to communities, through the community development workers.
We will also be looking at mechanisms to increase involvement opportunities for the future.