On 30th April 2019 the United Communities group had a fantastic turn out as they came together at Aldershot Centre for Health to discuss local mental health provision, national and local priorities and new initiatives in mental health provisions for the North East Hampshire and Farnham area.
The United Communities group is made up of local people who use mental health services, those who care for someone who does, or representatives of organisations/charities offering community support. They come together, alongside NHS clinical and commissioning staff to share their views and influence change.
The agenda of the 30th saw new members of NHS staff being introduced alongside regular attendees.
Nick Parkin, Senior Commissioning Manger for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, welcomed the group and introduced Steve Manly, Engagement Manager for North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Nick also acknowledged the patience of the group as staff changes with the departure of Fiona Biggs, formally of Healthwatch, meant that there had been a considerable gap since the last meeting. The group would like to formally thank Fi for her hard work to establish and support United Communities and wish her well in her new position with Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group. During the introduction both Nick and Steve reminded the group of its agreed purpose and the previously agreed ground rules.