Survey Launch – Experiences of Mental Health Services in Tayside.
People with lived experience of mental health services, and their families, have launched a survey which they hope will offer insight into the current state of mental health services in Tayside. This comes one year after the publication of Dr Strang’s ‘Trust and Respect Report’ – an independent report on mental health services in the region which made 51 recommendations for change. The many failings, evidenced in the report were accepted by NHS Tayside – who gave assurance that things would change. NHS Tayside has produced an action plan entitled ‘Living Life Well, A Lifelong approach to Mental Health in Tayside’ which will be the blueprint for the implementation of a redesign and improvement programme for mental health and wellbeing in Tayside, over a 5 year period (2019-2024).
The survey has been put together by a collaboration, which includes PLUS Perth and Angus Voice and members of the Stakeholder Participation Group (SPG). The SPG has been integral to the findings of Dr David Strang’s inquiry report, and is held in high regard as an influential forum by Scottish Government ministers.
Susan Scott, manager of PLUS Perth said;
“A year has passed since Dr Strang’s made his recommendations, and now the final draft of the Tayside Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy ‘Living Life Well’ has been published, it is time to ask people how things are going”.
Those involved in getting the survey out are eager to find out how the people of Tayside are finding mental health services. At the very least it will provide a base line, whereby the performance of NHS Tayside can be measured as the new service changes are implemented in the months and years to come.
“The survey is very important as it is hoped it should provide insight into what is happening ‘on the ground’, in the very heart of our communities. Furthermore, NHS Tayside have described the “Living Life Well” strategy as a “living document,” and this feedback can assist the Mental Health Programme Board to make real-time adjustments based on the views of the community, which is a crucial component of the Strang Report”.
If you would like to share your feedback, the survey can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PLY27R5
Visit www. plusperth.co.uk to get the survey link
For a hard copy survey please contact PLUS Perth on 01738 626242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org The survey will close on Sunday 11th April.