On 13th July United Communities welcomed members for its first virtual meeting, a format chosen due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We were thrilled to have close to 30 participants joining us with new names registering too.
United Communities meets on a quarterly basis and brings together service users, carers, local support organisations and professionals from across the North East
Hampshire and Farnham area to discuss local mental health provision, local priorities and new initiatives.
Steve Manley, Engagement Manager for North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), welcomed attendees and provided details on how the meeting would run in this format.
Steve then introduced a new member of the Mental Health Commission Team, Aidan Jordan Lewis. Aidan has worked as a Mental Health Nurse across different NHS settings for many years before moving into a commissioning role, focused on physical long term conditions. We are delighted that Aidan now brings his expertise to
the mental health team as a commissioning manager.
Members then received an update from Michael Scammell, Commissioning Manager for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities on the most recent information
surrounding the General Practice Integrated Mental Health Service (MICHs) (find background information on this service HERE) which has recently gone live. The
presentation, which accompanies these notes, outlines the key messages and was supported by Rebecca Isherwood Smith, Recovery College Manager with Surrey
and Borders Partnership who discussed in more depth the mapping work taking place to recognise community assets.