Mental Health Public Consultation meeting in Stornoway next week

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Following on from Mental Health Public Consultation meetings in Uist and Barra last week, the next public consultation meeting will take place next week in Stornoway.

The Stornoway Consultation Meeting, organised for people in Lewis and Harris, is due to take place in the Garry Room, Caladh Inn, Stornoway, on Tuesday June 18 at 7pm.

There will also be an event for the Third Sector the following evening, and a range of events for NHS staff.

The Public Consultation on Western Isles Health Board’s preferred option for Mental Health Services was launched earlier this month, and the Consultation Document is available at http://www.wihb.scot.nhs.uk/publications/policies-and-strategies

The case for changing the configuration of Mental Health Services is based on an understanding that the way services are currently set up in the Western Isles does not allow for an effective, locally delivered approach to mental health service provision.

Modern community based services consist of teams of practitioners, including specialist nurses and doctors and support workers, who often work closely with local authority and third sector colleagues to deliver effective integrated locally based services. In our current model, such teams cannot be developed while capacity and manpower is centred in Western Isles Hospital.

Members of the public, service users, carers, staff, third sector partners, and other stakeholders are invited to take part in the consultation, and meetings are being held across the islands to ensure people are able to participate.

NHS Western Isles Medical Director Dr James Ward said: “Our aim is that high quality engagement and consultation with the public will take place over the consultation period, when we can discuss the detail of acute service configuration, community service modelling and partnership. The consultation process will also allow for any specific concerns to be considered and discussed in detail.”