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Minister welcomes publication of first annual report from Bamford monitoring group

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey, today welcomed the publication of the first annual report of The Patient and Client Council’s Bamford Monitoring Group.

The report identifies the work the group has delivered on over the last year as a result of changes identified in the Bamford review.

Its focus has been on establishing links with wider community and voluntary sector groups in the mental health and learning disability field and with other groups who are delivering the Bamford reforms or are affected by them.

Minister McGimpsey said: “I welcome today’s publication of the first annual report from the Bamford Monitoring Group.

“It is evident that substantial progress has been made in securing a broad range of service user and carer representation. The group represents those who use mental health and learning disability services on a regular basis. Their invaluable input will ensure changes highlighted from the Bamford review will be implemented in a way that works for service users and their families and carers

“Despite the tough times ahead, I remain committed to the delivery of the Bamford review. I wish to see local groups having a say and to ensure that the voices of service users and carers are heard. This annual report shows that the Bamford monitoring group have a vital role to play in this.”

The aim of the Bamford Monitoring Group is to capture the views and experiences of all members of the public. In particular it seeks views on changes resulting from the Bamford Review from those with mental health needs or learning disabilities and their families and carers.

The report also looks forward to proposed work in the year ahead and identifies key priorities, across mental health and learning disability, for monitoring.

Minister McGimspey continued: “I also welcome the identification of key issues to be examined in coming year and look forward to the outcome of this work and any subsequent advice from the Bamford monitoring group. I would like to thank them for their hard work to date.”

Notes to editors:

1. As part of the structure to deliver on and monitor the implementation of the Bamford Action Plan issued in October 2009, Minister McGimpsey agreed to the establishment of the Bamford Monitoring Group (BMG), chaired by Prof Hugh McKenna, under the Patient and Client Council.

2. The group has equal representation from service users, carers and Patient and Client Council members, who meet on a monthly basis.

3. The main duties of the BMG are to:

Involve the public in assessing progress on implementation across Government of ‘Delivering the Bamford Vision’.

· Engage with the Health and Social Care Taskforce and other relevant groups .

· Support the public, people with mental health needs, learning disabilities, their families and carers in making recommendations as to how implementation could be improved.

· Advise the Minister on any specific aspects of mental health and learning disability service commissioning, delivery or outcomes as appropriate to the Bamford Review.

Report annually to Minister and provide a work plan.

4. The full Bamford Monitoring Group report can be accessed online.

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