Mental Health service user and carer group

Since 2016 Camden CCG and London Borough of Camden have supported a Mental Health Service User and Carer Group. We felt that due to the challenges of mental health that it would be best to recruit people who live with or support a family member or friend with the condition, with close links maintained with Camden Patient & Public Engagement Group (CPPEG). 

We are committed to co-production and in order to achieve this we have established a working group of Camden service users and carers to work with the CCG in the development and implementation of mental health service commissioning. 

The group currently meets monthly. There is a wide range of people on the group, representing both service users and carers from Camden. 

If you are interested we are looking for people who have used, or are using, mental health services of any kind in Camden, or people who care for someone who does. You will need to be 18 or over and be able to attend at least one 2 hour meeting a month, usually held on a Tuesday afternoon. We will also want you to keep some information confidential and private. We can explain more about this when we meet up. 

We are looking for people who are passionate about making the best mental health services in Camden, and excited to work with other service users and carers, as well as professionals and commissioners, to do this. New members of the group will be able to learn from the experiences of those that have been involved who are already members. 

At the monthly meetings the group discuss various things. This is often around the projects that the mental health team is running and developing – crisis work, peer mentoring, employment and primary care work – as well as wider mental health work in Camden. 

There are different ways the working group members may be involved, including:

  • contributing to business cases and service specifications for new services;
  • helping to design services;
  • supporting evaluation of services;
  • attending project boards within the CCG;
  • depending on skills sitting on procurement panels – evaluating different bids to provide  services;
  • attending other service user meetings to discuss the work of the CCG; and working on and developing communication and engagement plans for CCG work. 

If you have any questions about the Mental Health Service User and Carer Group please contact Martin Emery at martin.emery@nhs.net