"Developing Services"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health (inpatient)

(as a staff member),

In supporting adults in their mental health recovery FOCUS @ Aspley Community and Training Centre has become totally service user managed. A committee of service users has been set up and is looking at how the FOCUS provision can be developed further.

For me this has been both an exciting time and also one in which I have had to relinquish control. Although I am still running the courses at Aspley Community and Training Centre, the Committee are now responsible for the development of the provision including finding ways of funding future activities.

The Focus committee are currently working towards becoming a charity so that they can attract funding from different sources.

What I am most proud of is the development of the committee members who are taking on the responsibility that being on a committee represents. The Chair, Secretary and Treasurer are embracing their role and working to ensure the committee and the services offered are successful.

The Committee will be hosting their first AGM in May 2012

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Response from Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about the developments at FOCUS in Aspley. It is great to hear that the committee is moving forward and has become service user led. This is a positive step and very encouraging for people reading the posting about the recovery focus of the training centre and involvement. We wish the members every success in the future.