V – so, what’s been happening? There wasn’t a blog last month was there; have you been away? A – yes, three weeks in Australia. M – all right for some. V – anything to report then? A – not much. One of the committees
V – So what’s been going on with your mental health group? Any lessons for partnership working? A – in a way, yes, but one specific aspect of it, co-production. V – and what happened in the group to generate those lessons? A – well
V – so how is the mental health work going? We haven’t heard about that for a while. A – Well, OK. Perhaps not as much happening across the strands of work as I’d ideally like and maybe the statutory bodies doing things themselves,
V – so anything you want to report on this month? A – yes, it’s come out of the mental health work, but it’s more about the nature of groups than mental health issues as such. V – OK, so where did it come from?
V – I think we’re due an update on the mental health work? A – There have been a number of positive developments but looking at the bigger picture, I’m not sure how far it’s going. V – OK, well let’s start with the positives.
I was at a meeting last week of patient and public representatives on a range of bodies like Healthwatch and patient participation groups. The aim was to see whether it was worth setting up a network of such lay members across the region to provide
V – So, where are you with the mental health work? A – not much to report. Just a couple of small things. I was re-reading some previous blogs and there is progress on some issues I mentioned before. V – which are? A –
V – any news on the mental health work and lessons for partnership working? A – not much to report really. The new, independent chair is running the meetings well, focussing on the priority actions that have been agreed. M – something going well? Surely
V – Welcome back. We haven’t heard about your mental health work for the last couple of months: do you want to bring us up to date? A – Yes, indeed. The first thing is that I drafted a report for the Health and Wellbeing