NHS commissioning has changed recently. Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) – led by GPs and involve other health professionals – are responsible for providing mental health services to local areas. CCGs have legal duties to involve the public in their decisions. This is an important opportunity to tell CCGs what’s right – and wrong – about local services.
Mind and the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) have published Influencing mental health service – a guide to values-based commissioning to help people get involved in making decisions about mental health services.
We know some people who use mental health services have been involved in commissioning before, but the changes should mean more people will have this opportunity. We want to make sure everyone who is interested has the information and support to get involved.
This guide is for anyone who uses or has used mental health services and wants to help to shape them – it’s not about how to influence decisions about your individual care plan or package.
You may also want to get involved if you are a friend or relative of someone who is using or has used mental health services.
If you have any questions about this publication or would like to talk more about how you can influence mental health services in your area, please contact Vicki Ensor at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 8215 2228.