HSE in Kilkenny to establish a forum
The HSE’s community healthcare services in the south-east – as part of working with people who use mental health services and with their family members, carers and supporters – are establishing a new, local forum in Carlow and Kilkenny.
The local forum will exist, in each case, as a resource for service users and family members, carers and supporters to voice their experiences, raise issues and be consulted and involved in mental health services developments in their area.
The establishment of the forums are a development following on from recommendations in the national mental health strategy 'A Vision for Change' and the HSE’s own national strategy for service user involvement. The HSE’s 2015 mental health division operational plan included the strategic priority “that Service users, families and carers are central to the design, planning, delivery and evaluation of services."
The nine Community Healthcare Organisations throughout the state have each recently appointed an 'Area Lead for Mental Health Engagement', with Paul Fallon being in place to serve the south-east (services in counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford).
“Along with my colleagues in the community healthcare services in the south-east, I want to hear from people in the Carlow and Kilkenny areas, as to how we can further develop mechanisms for engagement of service users, their family members and carers. I will be dedicated to allowing for their involvement in the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of mental health services,” said Mr Fallon.