"Tell me and I will forget,
Remind me and I will remember,
Involve me and I will understand"
Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (SHSC) believes that Service users and carers should be at the heart of their own decision-making, and should have the opportunities to be involved in decisions that will affect their lives. Placing the service user at the heart of the Trust is one of our continuing aims, and SHSC offers all service users, carers and their families the opportunity to be involved in developing services. We have many different ways for you to be involved, including running events, reading panels, recruitment panels, patient safety, developing questionnaires and surveys, training.
SHSC will provide training and support and offer payment and expenses through our Service User Appreciation Scheme.
To find out more please contact:-
If you are a service user or carer and would like to be involved with Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, please fill in an application form and return it to Mia at the address above.
Getting involved Application form
"Get Into Reading is exactly the kind of work we at the Department of Health want to develop over the next ten years - facing outward into the wider community and looking after mental health of the general population."
Professor Louis Appleby, former NHS Director for Mental Health
Nine staff including two service users have recently been trained in Read to Lead training. Get Into Reading (GIR) is The Reader Organisation's (TRO) pioneering social outreach project that uses great literature to maintain and improve mental health and personal wellbeing. For more information on this please click here, or contact the PPI Manager as above.
Nine digital stories have been created by people who have experience of mental health services either as carers or service users. These powerful 'mini movies' allow us to walk in the shoes of those who have direct experience of mental health services.
In essence they offer us a very unique insight into individual experiences and a wonderful opportunity to quietly reflect on some of the services we provide. Please click on the link below to access the stories.
Maureen Skayman - Coming out the other side
Lyn Mansfield - When Services Fail
Jan Carder - A Lost Life
Pam Megson - Becoming the Real Me
Timothy Kirk - My Struggle
Mia Bajin - I love you more
Melania Coleman - Inlets
Ian Porritt - A Clearer Road Ahead
Pep Livingstone - Tell Me Your Story
We are delighted to announce that the Patient Voices Programme was successful in winning one of the awards at the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ) awards ceremony held in March 2010.
Pip and Tony won the award for Excellence in Healthcare, a fabulous award which was well-deserved for the wonderful work they do. Congratulations to the team!
If you live with a long-term illness, why not take control by becoming an Expert Patient. The Expert Patients Programme is a self-management course giving people the confidence, skills and knowledge to manage their condition better and be more in control of their lives.
You can also join the Expert Patient Programme and contribute yourself. Expert Patient Programme
Storying Sheffield is an exciting course at the University of Sheffield which is working with Sheffield people who are not students at the University, as well as with undergraduates. Participation in the project is free. For more information please click here.
Prodigy has launched a new set of materials on a range of health topics that are particularly relevant to the health of people with learning disabilities.
Topics include common conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes, obesity and thyroid problems. The leaflets were translated into Easy Read format by the Easyhealth team at Generate from the original clinical topics on the Prodigy website and were subjected to rigorous clinical quality checks.
Click here to visit the website.
mentalhealthcare.org.uk gives reliable and up-to-date information to relatives and friends of people with psychosis. The evidence-based website aims to help people in their caring role and is created by researchers and mental health professionals who work at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
The easy-to-navigate and regularly updated site provides information about different aspects of psychosis, treatment and care. Short, filmed interviews with health professionals and researchers complement the text and there are downloadable summaries of research about psychosis, written in plain English.
There are also pages where visitors can submit questions to a pharmacist, a psychologist, a psychiatrist and a social worker. Visit the site at www.mentalhealthcare.org.uk.
A new guide has been published explaining how we can better understand the needs of our communities through proactive engagement. To read a copy of the guide click on the link below.
The Scottish Health Council's Participation Toolkit has been developed to support NHS organisations in the delivery of objectives set out in the Participation Standard (2010). It is designed to be a useful resource to organisations in relation to Patient Focus and Public Involvement. To download a copy of the toolkit click on the link below.
This page was last updated on 11th February 2013