Getting involved means playing an active role in the work we do. AWP and NHS BSW (BANES, Swindon or Wiltshire) Talking Therapies values diversity and welcomes people who identify with different protected groups getting involved. Your experiences help us to ensure that our services are fair, inclusive and meet your needs.
We need to listen to people who have used our services, so that we can listen to feedback, understand what works well and make plans for improvements.
We welcome involvement from service users who have previously used our services within the last 2 years. It is a requirement that you have been discharged from NHS Talking Therapies and The Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP).
We value everyone’s experience and will treat you as an individual whatever your background, abilities or needs.
Getting involved in the work we do will give you the chance to make a real difference. You don’t need any previous experience other than having accessed NHS BSW Talking Therapies. Your involvement can also help you:
- Meet new people.
- Connect with your local communities.
- Develop new skills.
- Raise your self-esteem and confidence.
- Enhance your CV.
There are many ways you can become involved in the activities of NHS BSW Talking Therapies, and the wider AWP. Involvement can include:
- Reviewing services and providing feedback.
- Recruiting new staff, staff training and inductions.
- Chairing and taking part in groups or meetings.
- Coming to AWP conferences, events or supporting fundraising activities.
- Projects and tasks, such as reviewing literature and helping organise events.
- Helping to plan, develop and design better policies and services for the future.
- Mental health awareness talks.
If you would like to be involved, your valued help can make a big difference to our understanding of different group's needs. This means we can improve our services more effectively.
- Making a difference by being actively involved (could you spare an hour of your time for our quarterly forums to start with?)
- Having your views listened to, and feeding in ideas that may help with service planning, delivery and evaluation.
- Working together with different members of staff.
- Using your experience as a service user to improve mental health services.
- Having an opportunity to use your personal skills and experience.
We were pleased to welcome services users to our fourth forum meeting. Service users reviewed the new SUI website and gave useful feedback on how it can be adapted further. The role of the Talking Therapy (IAPT) manual was also discussed in the provision of services. Thanks to our involvees, our service user involvement forum is going from strength to strength! Our next forum is booked for 3.30pm - 5pm on Wednesday 26 July 2023. We have been looking at ways of developing interest and activity across the Trust in service user involvement. Our Communications team have created a short video on what involvement means and how ex-service users can contribute. This has been reviewed by our involvees and can be viewed at the top of this page.
We were very pleased to welcome four potential involvees to our first service user involvement forum of 2023! We discussed the aims of the forum and how it could be run, including starting discussion of how we can make involvement accessible for all who have previously accessed Talking Therapies services. The enthusiasm for sharing experiences and ideas was inspiring. We were very pleased to receive our first contribution to our ‘you said, we did’ section. We set the date for the next forum to be: Wednesday 28 June 2023, 3.30pm - 5pm. Forums will be online for now, we hope to include face to face forums in the future.
Here you will find regular updates of what we have done as a response to your feedback and involvement so you can see the real changes that are being made within the services…
You said: The Service User Involvement video was running a little fast.
We did: The video has been updated and slowed down and is now live. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/euNGtdGV0KU
You said: It would be useful to have an area on the website for frequently asked questions.
We did: We have received a number of contributions from staff for frequently asked questions and we are currently working on the development of a frequently asked questions section of the AWP website, which we aim to publish soon.
If you would like to get involved in the work we do at NHS BSW Talking Therapies, please contact your local Service User Champions below to discuss ways in which you can become involved.
Meg Burch (Wiltshire & BaNES): 01380 731335
Dan Thornton (Wiltshire & BaNES): 01380 731335
Claire Potter (Swindon): 01793 836836
As we value your time and commitment, we will pay you back for any expenses incurred during your involvement with AWP.