South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is inviting local people to have a say on mental health services in Kirklees.
Two listening events are being held for all the individuals and groups that take an interest in the services the Trust provides in Kirklees, in particular service users, carers, and Trust members.
The events are being held as part of a process of listening and engagement to gather views about mental health services in Kirklees to understand how well the Trust is meeting local needs and to inform any future developments.
Following the closure of St Luke’s Hospital in Huddersfield in December 2010, Trust community mental health services are now provided at Folly Hall Mill in Huddersfield and Beckside Court in Dewsbury.
98% of mental health care takes place in the community and in people’s own homes. When someone does need specialist care in hospital, inpatient services for adults are at the Dales Unit in Halifax and inpatient services for older people are at the Priestley Unit in Dewsbury.
The Trust wants to decide on a long term model for services taking account of what local people say and is inviting views on all the services it provides in Kirklees to help shape the long term provision of mental health care to ensure they meet local need and are fit for the future.
At the events the Trust will: •provide information on current services and how they support individuals •seek views on what it does well and the areas to improve on •offer a number of ways for people to share their views, for example through discussion with staff or completion of a feedback form
The events are being held in Dewsbury and Huddersfield and local people are invited to drop-in at anytime at which ever venue or date suits them best:
•Thursday 22 September, 11.00am – 7.00pm, Dewsbury Sports Centre, Longcauseway, Dewsbury WF12 8EN
•Thursday 29 September, 11.00am – 7.00pm, Huddersfield Sports Centre, Southgate, Huddersfield HD1 1TW
Speaking about the events Anna Basford, Kirklees district director, said, "Involving as many people as possible will help us to improve services for local people now and in the future. I hope people will be able to give their views by attending one of our events".
As well as these events the Trust is holding discussions with service users and carers, distributing information to interested individuals and groups and posting information on its website www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk requesting online feedback. Staff who work in Kirklees services are also being consulted on what improvements might be made.
Find out more about the Trust at www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk