"Proud to be a Public Governor Member, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust "

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health (inpatient)

(as a service user),

I'm a Public Governor Member and recently became an Ambassador for AMH (Adult Mental Health) for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (Nottinghamshire County). I attend quarterly Members Council meetings and numerous other events/meetings across the Trust. I feel that this is a great initiative by the Trust to have the public governor members to help shape the services it provides.

I'm a volunteer at the Involvement Centre's. Duncan Macmillan House, Nottingham, the Rosewood Centre, New Ollerton, and the Nottingham Recovery Education Centre, Sherwood. I also attend SODA (Self Harm, OCD, Depression, Anxiety) at Mansfield Woodhouse.

It’s great to meet a wide range of service users, carers, volunteers, patients, staff and senior managers from across the Trust, both Local and Forensic, and see first-hand, the services that Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust is providing.

Having lived experienced service user/carer involvement and feedback is vital to how the Trust develops and shapes all its services now and in the future.

I’m also involved with Patient Opinion and have been part of several workshops. It’s an absolute privilege to talk with people about how they feel about the care and services they are receiving, listen to their stories about Adult Mental Health, changes they would like to see and being honest about times when perhaps they feel that things could have been better.

As a service user myself, diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety over a decade ago, I have had and continue to get, terrific support. So many people are a part of this. Too many to mention here, but a big thanks to Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust for helping me in my recovery, or discovery is a word I heard someone use, I like that better!

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Responses

Response from Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

I really enjoyed reading your posting about your involvement journey through recovery.

I have passed your story on to Trust staff linked to membership of the Trust and the members council.

What amazing achievements!

I wish you continued success in your voluntary work.

Thank you.

Response from Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Thank you for taking the time to post your experiences. I’m pleased that you are proud to be a Governor Member for the Trust.

Governors and the Members’ Council have important and valued roles within the Trust and it is dedicated individuals that help make a difference.

Thank you for your positive contribution to the Trust as both a volunteer and Governor Member.

Lucy Mills

Membership Officer

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust