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Your spotlight on local services

Mental Health Citizens' Panel

The Mental Health Citizens’ Panel was set up in response to feedback that we received about local mental health services in 2013/2014. We received a number of comments from local people regarding their concerns about local mental health service provision. In addition, mental health scored highly using our priority setting tool which was used in the second half of 2013/2014.

Despite receiving a number of comments about mental health services, no clear patterns, trends or themes emerged to focus our work. Healthwatch Cheshire West decided to pilot an approach to working with local communities, using a co-production model to empower local mental health stakeholders to shape and drive our work in tackling our work plan priority. The Citizens’ Panel brings together local people who have an interest in mental health, to review the intelligence gathered by Healthwatch Cheshire West, and to use their own knowledge and expertise to identify specific project work that we can support.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the Mental Health Citizens' Panel, please email Matthew Hyndman, project coordinator for Healthwatch Cheshire West at matthew.hyndman@healthwatchcwac.org.uk.