United Communities (North East Hampshire and Farnham and Surrey Heath)
Wide-ranging feedback on services, experiences, successes and commissioning intentions led to the development of United Communities, a forum to ensure that conversations about Mental Health services can continue in a meaningful and sustainable way.
The United Communities group (Currently covering North east Hampshire and Surrey Heath areas) meets quarterly, to discuss the priority areas of work for both the Clinical Commissioning Group and for those using mental health services. The individuals, carers, representatives from community groups and from statutory organisations help commissioners within the CCG to identify gaps and look for improvements that could be made with existing NHS and community resources.
United Communities has welcomed guest speakers, provides an opportunity for networking, and facilitates debate and discussion on issues most important to the local community whilst also providing an opportunity for commissioners to engage directly on their upcoming projects, suggested changes to services and larger strategic transformation.For information, presentations and notes from previous meetings please follow the links below:
On 11th January United Communities members came together virtually for their first meeting of 2021 which had a focus on services for families, children and young people.
The group of approximately 30 were welcomed by Steve Manley, Engagement Manager and Michael Scammell, Commissioning Manager for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities at North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who laid out the agenda and provided updates from the CCG.
Rebecca Isherwood Smith, Surrey Heartlands ICS Interim Mental Health Programme Lead – then gave details on a chance to get involved in shaping work around support for 18-25 year olds who are transitioning from children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing services into adult services across both Surrey Heartlands and Frimley Health & Care Integrated Care System, before our main presentation which was given by Tim Davis, Associate Director: Children’s Mental Health and commissioning lead for Maternity and Child Health for North East Hants and Farnham CCG, and Anna Bennett, Senior Transformation Manager – NEHF CCG Children and Maternity Commissioning who discussed the provision of services for both the Surrey and Hampshire areas.
United Communities came together once again in a virtual space for its October quarterly session.
United Communities brings together service users, carers, local support organisations and professionals from across the North East Hampshire and Farnham area to discuss local mental health provision, local priorities and new initiatives.
This session was delivered slightly differently via Zoom rather than Microsoft Teams. Having listened to member’s feedback it was clear that Zoom provided a better participant experience for our members and so we were glad to change methods to ensure this meeting was as inclusive as possible.
The group of approximately 20 were welcomed by Steve Manley, Engagement Manager and Michael Scammell, Commissioning Manager for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities at North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who laid out the agenda for the meeting.
The first presentation was delivered by Colette Lane, Project Manager for The Community Mental Health Team’s Personality Disorder Workstream and Senior Recovery Coach with The Recovery College, NE Hampshire.
On 13th July United Communities welcomed members for its first virtual meeting, a format chosen due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We were thrilled to have close to 30 participants joining us with new names registering too.
United Communities meets on a quarterly basis and brings together service users, carers, local support organisations and professionals from across the North East Hampshire and Farnham area to discuss local mental health provision, local priorities and new initiatives.
Steve Manley, Engagement Manager for North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), welcomed attendees and provided details on how the meeting would run in this format.
Steve then introduced a new member of the Mental Health Commission Team, Aidan Jordan Lewis. Aidan has worked as a Mental Health Nurse across different NHS settings for many years before moving into a commissioning role, focused on physical long term conditions. We are delighted that Aidan now brings his expertise to the mental health team as a commissioning manager.
Members then received an update from Michael Scammell, Commissioning Manager for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities on the most recent information
surrounding the General Practice Integrated Mental Health Service (MHICS) which has recently gone live. The presentation, which accompanies these notes, outlines the key messages and was supported by Rebecca Isherwood Smith, Recovery College Manager with Surrey and Borders Partnership who discussed in more depth the mapping work taking place to recognise community assets.