"Having your say - Mental Health Awareness Week 2012"

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

(as a staff member posting for a carer/relative),

A discussion forum took place at Millbrook Mental Health Unit. It was open to anyone interested in issues around Mental Health. We asked Carers how they felt about services and what they would like to see improved.

Carers raised issues around the following:

'GP's don't always recognise who the carer is. There needs to be more work with GP's within the Trust to address this.

Why can't there be more activity on the ward? I care for someone who has been on wards and each time they had no meaningful activity offered.

There needs to be more spiritual & pastoral support for people detained under the Mental Health Act. Can the Trust do more to help?

Where do Carers and family go to get support if their loved one is leaving the ward

It's not enough to give someone a leaflet we need a face to face

conversation and a 7 day follow up to check things are ok.

Now that facilitators have been taken away from Carers groups, how will they get the support from the Trust and the information they need.

I heard the Trust is planning more support for Carers in future. What is going to happen?

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Responses

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

There are lots of carer issues raised her that need to be addressed. I will pass this posting onto the Carers, Families and Friends Community of Interest too.

When we have spoken to the Trust about this we will post a more detailed response.