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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

Improving mental wellbeing and mental health care for BME communities

A framework is being developed for commissioning mental health services which would address the needs of people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities. This is part of the work undertaken by the Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health (JCP-MH).

This panel brings together various organisations including the Department of Health, professional bodies and community organisations. The panel aims to identify good models of service provision across a range of mental health services and, subsequently, issue guidance about how to go about commissioning such services.

The following questionnaire is aimed to collect the views and opinions from a wide range of people. Your responses will help the panel to develop a commissioning framework that will

1. set mental health care objectives that really matter to people,

2. ensure that patients continue to receive high quality care every time – care that is effective, safe and results in patients having as positive an experience as possible and

3. set out strategies that will enhance mental wellbeing at both individual and community level.

They are particularly keen to hear of good examples of providing culturally sensitive and effective mental health services for people and improving mental wellbeing in black and minority ethnic communities.

If you are a user of services, carer, practitioner, manager, commissioner or otherwise know of good practice of mental health care or, more generally, any effort to improve mental wellbeing in BME communities, they would like to hear from you.


The questionnaire can be completed online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C8VFMQK