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Build the Kingston Mental Health Strategy Workshop

Date: 25 Jul 2016 - 11:00 to 16:00
Location: Kingsmeadow Centre, 422A Kingston Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT1 3PB

Build the Kingston Mental Health Strategy Workshop

We're most keen to have a big attendance at this workshop as this is where the work really starts and where people have the chance to contribute their lived experience to shape the new strategy. The below explains where we are in the process of developing the strategy, which includes our objectives for the day. We will do our best to make the event informative and fun. Please come, and bring anyone who you think may be keen to contribute.

Building the Kingston Mental Health Strategy

On 25th July we have the third of five workshops to develop the new Mental Health Strategy for Kingston Upon Thames.
You said you wanted to understand better the process we are following and what our objectives are for each event. That is what this document is for. We will also discuss this at the beginning of each event, just to make sure everything is clear.

See below the diagram we agreed at the launch event, with your input.It shows six stages. We had stage one on 27th May, and stage 2 on 24th June.  We want to be at the last stage in October.   By then we aim to have a draft strategy;  once agreed, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will deliver it over the next 5 years.



Where we've been

On 27th May, at Kingston Quaker Centre we learned what assets were. We thought about those assets and how we might use them in the future. We started getting used to working with each other; and we started to get to know each other. Mario from Community Organisation RISE talked about co-production. On 24th June we did more work to make us an effective group so that we can work together well to make the strategy. We agreed how we will treat each other (behaviours); we learned more about what co-production is and how it works; we looked at the words used in mental health and arrived at a common understanding of what these mean; and we talked about what could be in the strategy and what had to be outside it.

Where we are now

Now having done the preparatory work we are ready to start making the strategy itself. The 3rd Workshop on 25th July will be where we look at how things have been and what we feel about that; understand why things have been that way and talk about how they might be, to avoid what may currently be wrong with them but keeping the things which are good. At that event we will hear peoples’ stories if they want or need to tell them.


Where we’re going next

In August, Royal Borough Kingston upon Thames and the CCG will do some work to put this learning into effect. They will build a blueprint of how things might be, based both on the specific feedback gathered at the third event and the principles we will make at the fourth event.
At the same time, Healthwatch and RISE will go out to meet with organisations in Kingston to get their views and the views of people they help, to make the picture more complete.

When we get back together in September for the fourth event we will try to develop some general principles that can be used to design the future shape of delivery in the borough. We will make those principles by understanding what the detailed experiences we hear on 25th July and drawing general conclusions from them, which will appear in the strategy as principles.
We will look at what has been made and say what we think. We may need to make changes to what has been made if we haven’t understood things correctly or if we need to understand things more deeply.

If there are lots of things which need to be put right we may need to come back together again.
Once the strategy is agreed we will have the chance to be involved in making it happen, to make sure things turn out as they should.

3rd Workshop
Monday 25th July
11:00am - 4:00pm
Kingsmeadow Centre, 422A Kingston Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT1 3PB.
Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
Please RSVP to sophie.bird@healthwatchkingstonuponthames.org.uk or call 020 8974 6629


Kingston Quaker Centre 

Fairfield East
Healthwatch Kingston upon Thames is managed by the charitable company 'Healthwatch Kingston upon Thames', registered charity no. 1159377, company registered in England and Wales no. 08429159