People who want to share their views on mental health services for residents of Burton upon Trent, Lichfield, Tamworth and the surrounding areas now have a new way of finding out more and providing feedback.

As part of the work to identify the long-term solution for services formerly provided at the George Bryan Centre, a new online survey is being launched today. There is also a supporting document that gives more details.

This is in addition to two engagement events being held later this month.

The events will be held using Microsoft Teams on Thursday 14 October from 1.30pm to 3.30pm and Monday 18 October from 9am to 11am.

A fire destroyed one wing of the centre in February 2019. Since then, the community-based mental health service has been enhanced, while some patients have received services at St George’s Hospital in Stafford.

Lisa Agell, Operations Director for Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which operated the centre, said: “With COVID-19 still circulating in our communities, we are offering different ways for people to provide feedback on mental health services.

“As well as the online survey and virtual events, we would be happy to receive views in writing to our Trust headquarters, or by email.”

Dr Shammy Noor, Chair of South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “This is about taking services to a really local level, focussing on prevention and making sure we are delivering personalised care based on the needs of every individual patient. At this stage in the process, we are doing a sense-check to understand if there is anything new we should consider as we develop our proposals.

“The comments we receive over the coming weeks will be used by the trust and the Clinical Commissioning Groups to inform the development of proposals for the future services. Once the final proposals are developed, we will want to involve staff, service users, carers and partners before any decisions are made.”

Register for an event or complete the survey