Mental Health Engagement

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:
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January 2021

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.