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Help shape mental health services in Bucks

Help shape mental health services in Bucks

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:47am 11th February 2020.

People are being told how they can shape services in Buckinghamshire.

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust is running an informal information evening about the role of governor in the area.

The evening, and role, is aimed at people who want to make a difference to their community's mental health services by becoming a governor.

The trust is looking to increase the number of patients and people who use the services on their Council of Governors, but also members of the public who want to help. 

The role gives local people the platform to have a bigger say on their NHS care. 

Chris Roberts is lead governor of Oxford Foundation Trust and told us why he took on the role:

"I had a very close family member who became ill but I had no experience in mental health before."

"Through that experience I hoped I would be able to enlighten the trust in how it is to be a carer, and the actual experience of being close to someone with mental health issues.

"I think its important for local people to be involved because mental health is such an enormous problem in the country and locally. More importantly developing strategies within the trust to improve their services."

Buckinghamshire Mental Health Services and has two (2) public, one (1) carer, one (1) service-user and one (1) staff vacancies in its governor elections that will take place in May. 

Kerry Rogers said:

“We provide a great range of mental health services in Buckinghamshire for people of all ages, including school mental health teams, talking therapies, employment support and perinatal mental health services. It is likely that nearly everyone locally has a stake in the future of the trust.

“We greatly value our members’ views so voting for a governor, or standing as a governor, people can shape their local mental health services and the future of our trust.

“We have a strong Council of Governors and I look forward to welcoming new members to the Council following the election.”

The information event is taking place Today (11/02) at the Whiteleaf Centre in Aylesbury from 5pm-8pm

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