Members of the public are being invited to attend engagement sessions to share their views on mental health rehabilitation services in Lincolnshire.

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) would like to talk to service users, carers, partners and the general public to hear their views, experiences and ideas to help LPFT provide and develop the best mental health rehab support for people now and in the future.

Heather Barr, Service Manager for Community Rehabilitation Services at LPFT explained how important it is to hear people’s experiences. She said: “We would love to hear what people think of existing rehab services, their views on how we could make things better, and what is most important to people who are already using services, or who may use them in the future.”

The engagement events will also provide attendees with an update on current services and opportunity to help shape new developments within mental health rehabilitation services in Lincolnshire.

Paula Jelly, Associate Director of adult inpatient and urgent care at LPFT said: “In February last year, to support the pandemic response and to ensure services were staffed safely, we made a decision to temporarily close Ashley House, a 15-bed mixed gender open rehabilitation inpatient unit in Grantham.

“As well as supporting staffing on the Trust’s other rehabilitation and acute mental health wards, this has enabled us to put additional resource into our community rehabilitation service.

“The community rehabilitation service launched in 2020, initially providing support to people living in Lincoln and Gainsborough but has now been able to expand its support to those also living in the Grantham and South Holland areas of the county.

“The community teams are able to support a larger number of people than inpatient units, with people being cared for closer to their home. The teams work to support those with long-term mental health difficulties who have been in hospital for a length of time. Service users receive increased on-going support with their day-to-day lives, enabling the building of skills and confidence, helping to improve relationships and support networks.

“These engagement events will provide the Trust with real opportunity to reflect on its wide range of mental health rehabilitation services, from inpatient care through to community support.”

The Trust will host a number of engagement sessions, with a virtual event taking place on 28 February and three face-to-face events being held at various locations around the county at the end of March.

The events invite the views and feedback of anyone who is connected to mental health rehabilitation services; whether they have cared for someone in rehabilitation, have an interest in NHS mental health community care, or have personal lived experience.

For further information or to book please contact Participation Coordinator, Sarah Cox via email – lpft.involvement@nhs.net.

Dates of engagement events:

· 28 February 2022, 2pm – 3.30pm – virtual event via MS Teams

· 22 March 2022, 10am – 12pm at Alive Church, Newland, Lincoln, LN1 1XG

· 23 March 2022, 10am – 12pm at Boston United FC, Jakemans Community Stadium, Pilgrim Way, Wyberton, Boston, PE21 7NE

· 24 March 2022, 10am – 12pm at Jubilee Church Life Centre, 5 London Road, Grantham, NG31 6EY

Help shape the future of Lincolnshire’s mental health rehabilitation services