"Life to Live Event -Mental Health Service for Older People"

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

(as a staff member),

The Life to Live Involvement event was all about awareness raising and talking to patients and carers to let people know about services and to tell us what was good about them and what they would like to see improve.

PALS (Patient, Advice & Liaison service) & Involvement shared a stall and spoke to people about the different ways to leave feedback making sure everyone had an opportunity to have their say at the event.

Staff from the Trust and partner organisation were also present including our own Working Age Dementia Service, The Alzheimer's Society & Jigsaw who offer Befriending and Mentoring for isolated older people.

Andrea Ward-General Manager of Mental Health Service for Older People was there to meet and talk with people. She sums up the event:

''Helping people with dementia to engage and comment on services is very complex and we need to use a range of ways to do this. People with dementia often live in 'the now' rather than what happened last week or yesterday. this event was a great way of supporting the people who use our services and their carers to give us 'real time' feedback and to find out what we can do to support them. Staff have really engaged with the event and for everyone involved there were lots of things to discuss, look at and learn.''

Lisa Murtagh- Dementia Outreach

'A great opportunity to network, the displays from partners were really insightful and well presented'.

Bronte Ward - Ward Manager

It is nice to meet all the different faces and find out what fab people work for this Trust!Makes you proud to be part of it!

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Response from Helen Smith, AHP lead, Mental health services for older people, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Thank you to all the staff and colleagues from our partnership organsiations for all the work they put into making the event a success.

It was a great event as it showcased all the services in the Mansfield and Ashfield are for people over 65 with a menatl health condition, whether that be depression , anxiety or a type of Dementia and also for those of all ages with a type of dementia.

At our next Involvement Leads meeting we will review any feedback the teams received and progress any suggestions made.

Thanks again

Helen Smith

Community Service Manager/ Allied HealthProfessionals Lead and Involvement Lead

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