The HeadsUp project launched in Ealing in July 2016, and since then a huge amount has been achieved!
We have started monthly patient forums in St Bernard’s Mental Health Unit, and all of the feedback gathered in these forums is fed-back to the unit managers. We have also completed a report on care plans to promote the use of them, increase patient’s involvement in developing and updating them, and increasing patient awareness about why they should have one.
In the community we have set up forums across the borough to provide more accessible involvement opportunities. This includes monthly forums at the Lotus Centre in Southall, Amadeus House, a secondary care forum at the Recovery College, and a soon to be launched Primary care forum (location to be announced). If you would like to know more about these forums, check out the Ealing page.
We have continued the weekly user involvement group at The Solace Centre, which has been invaluable in helping us to set up and expand the HeadsUp Network, mostly due to a number of very skilled and enthusiastic network members who have shown us the way!
We have facilitated placing service users on many paid opportunities including on-going interview panels, a range of meetings and committees within the WLMHT, and our Newsletter writing group (check out the winter edition). We are looking to soon set up the Ealing HeadsUp Committee, which will act as a working group to advise, and provide direction on what HeadsUp will be working on in the coming months, if this could be you, get in touch!
Its been a busy 7 months for HeadsUp Ealing, and we are very excited to keep expanding involvement and co-production opportunities in the borough. Watch this space for what’s to come!