Question Time event
event that allowed Carers and Service users to meet with and ask the questions
they’ve always wanted to ask of the directors of Avon and Wiltshire Partnership
Trust (AWP), the statutory mental health service provider in B&NES.
event was well organised and therefore allowed honest communication between AWP
and carers and service users.
chaired by Keep Safe Keep Sane (KS2) a peer support carers group, in
collaboration with St Mungo’s and New Hope a service user peer support group.
Service User and Staff allows everyone to feel listened to and create the
services and support that we all want for our loved ones and their carers.”
Executive and Bill Bruce Jones, AWP’s B&NES Director were the panel
answering questions and the event was
chaired by Bev from KS2 and Ralph from St Mungo’s. 40 carers and service users
attended the event, with people submitting questions that were then honestly
answered, that included frank discussion.
event, carers and service users voices together sent a powerful message of
working together that resulted in some very frank and honest discussion.
Participants commented that they felt really heard by AWP and were impressed by
the honesty of their answers and commitment to get things right.
honest answers; we know they cannot fix everything” (Carer)
change, I don’t believe this event would have happened a few years ago, well
done to KS2 for organising (staff)
for service users and carers.
re-engage with treatment. (Ian Tulley). BBJ went on to say “people being
discharged without knowing is unacceptable” and “I want to know personally
when this happens”…”Carers should be able to talk privately to clinicians
clinical history does not breach confidentiality… we have agreed to have a Confidentiality
Conference in Banes to address this”. Ian Tully went onto say “we will support
any staff in breaking confidentiality for the right reasons.”
first to know of an increased risk. How are they
involved in risk assessments and management plans?
currently do not work well collaboratively, but there is a willingness to
improve this. (BBJ)
need to offer a chance for confidential talk with a carer early on, make it
more of a process. (Debbie Spaull, AWP carers’ lead)
safety in B&NES?
Hospital. We see that as inadequate. We hope to work with commissioners, and
the police service on this.
staff) are really important for people’s recovery. Your head office is lovely,
why is Hillview so Dickensian?
It originally had three wards but over the years wards have been closed. I
agree with you and would not want my family to be treated on that ward.
until things are being done well and when things improve add to it. (IT)
and Bill Bruce Jones for agreeing to sit on the panel and being so honest in
their answers. To read the full document of the event go to…… Ian Tully has kindly agreed to make this a
regular event, we look forward to seeing you at next year’s event.
the forefront of improving communication between service users, carers and statutory
mental health services. This event was organised as part of this aim. Keep a
look out for future events including the confidentiality conference to be
hosted by AWP and KS2.