Citizen’s Jury into Access to Mental Health Services

The Citizen’s Jury, which is putting access to adult mental health services under the microscope in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire, are looking for people to provide evidence. If you want to tell your story on an individual level, please get in touch with North Staffs Voice for Mental Health to arrange a meeting – through this website or on 01782 683043.

In addition, this innovative initiative is calling for people who have experienced mental health services as a patient or carer, or who simply have opinions about the services provided to go along to a drop in session at their local Community Fire Station.
Peter Dartford, Lay Member for Patient & Public Involvement for North Staffordshire said, “We have appointed 10 volunteers to act as jurors and they have decided that the best way to seek people’s views is to go to where they are rather than expect them to come to us. This is true community empowerment and I hope that people will want to get involved and have an opportunity to shape the way future mental health services are provided.”
The jury will look at access to current mental health service provision, will be able to call for evidence and will then develop recommendations to inform and improve the commissioning of mental health services in the future.
Margy Woodhead, Lay Member for Patient & Public Involvement at Stoke-on-Trent CCG, said: “It is really important that people who want to get involved know that anything they tell the jurors will be treated in confidence and their anonymity will be maintained. We take this very seriously as we know this can be a difficult subject to discuss so we wanted to create an environment where people can talk about their experiences safely. I passionately believe that the experiences and wisdom of our patients and members of the public should be at the heart of decision making when we look at our health services.
Drop in sessions will be held on the following dates:-

Hanley Community Fire Station
Tue, 23-May
1730-1930hrs

Wed, 31-May
1000-1200hrs

Newcastle Community Fire Station
Tue 09-May
1730-1930hrs

Wed, 24-May
1430-1630hrs

Leek Community Fire Station
Tue, 16-May
1000-1200hrs

Tue, 30-May
1730-1930hrs

How can access to Adult Mental Health services be improved?