Celebration Day recognises impact of service users and carers on services

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) celebrated the impact service user and carer involvement is having on services at a special event in Stafford last week.

Around 150 service users, carers, staff and representatives from partnership organisations attended the event which included music, drama, workshops, presentations and awards.


MPFT Non Executive Director Megan Nurse chaired the event with Ben Taylor who has experience of using the Trust’s young people’s mental health services. Ben also helped with the planning and development of the programme, and presented his own drama aimed at addressing the stigma so often associated with mental ill health. Owing much to a popular game show Ben ‘Tarrant’ Taylor questioned colleague Cheryl about a number of mental health facts and myths, and asked ‘who wants to change a million minds?’

A performance by the Community Wellbeing Choir led by Martin Trotman, poetry by the former Poet Laureate of Birmingham, Richard Grant, aka Dreadlock Alien and interesting presentations by staff and service users on how they are working together to develop and improve services were well received.

The Service User and Carer Awards were presented by Trust Chairman Martin Gower and Lead Governor, Simon Jones. They included recognition of those who have contributed to service improvements; contributed to learning; achieved personal development; volunteered; and participated in joint working.

Winners included:

George Buckley, Memory and Dementia Service, Shropshire – Volunteer Award

George devotes an enormous amount of time and energy to run walking football groups for people with dementia across Shropshire. The groups have huge benefits for service users and offer valuable respite for their carers. George is a true advocate for people with dementia.

George Buckley

Pictured L to R: Simon Jones, Martin Gower, George Buckley



Abigail Banham, Children’s Eating Disorder Service, Stafford – Service Improvement Award

Abi's participation has made a huge contribution to improving the patient journey for young people in the Eating Disorder Service. Her sponsor described her as a truly inspirational young woman.

20180704 SUandC Abigail Banham

Pictured L to R: Simon Jones, Martin Gower, Abi Banham



Marilyn Jones, Mental Health Services Shropshire, - Contribution to Learning Award

Marilyn has brought her considerable knowledge of autism and experience as a carer to develop and deliver good quality training for clinical teams. The training so far has been in Shropshire, but Staffordshire Mental Health and Forensic Services will also be offered it.

20180704 SUandC Marilyn Jones

Pictured L to R: Simon Jones, Martin Gower, Marilyn Jones



Easy Read Care Plan Group, Specialist Learning Disability Services, Shropshire and Staffordshire – Joint Working Project Award

Service users, carers and staff worked together on this excellent co-production project. Everyone contributed equally from their own experience to create a new easy read care plan to use across community learning disability services

20180704 SUandC easy read care plan group

Pictured, the easy read care plan group with Simon Jones and Martin Gower


Therèsa Moyes, Director of Quality and Clinical Performance and Executive Lead for Service User and Carer Involvement said:
“People who use our services are at the heart of everything we do and there can be no better evidence of this than our celebration day. Our service users and carers were an integral part of co-producing the whole event from planning to delivery and the impact of their involvement throughout our organisation was clearly and enthusiastically demonstrated.”