The agreement in 2004 to close Ravenscraig Hospital and introduce community-based mental health services will have a significant impact on patients and carers and public partners are playing a full role in the changes.
It kick-started a major re-design affecting Addiction Services, Adult Mental Health Continuing Care Services, Older Peoples’ Mental Health Continuing Care provision and Frail Older People’s Services and the programme centres on providing high quality, community-based facilities which meet the needs of the local population.
This is a four year project involving users, carers and families of service users in reviewing, informing and re-designing buildings, facilities and services which will replace those based at Ravenscraig.
Inverclyde Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP) are working with the Mental Health Partnership to look at the affected communities and a patient profile was considered together with a geographic and deprivation analysis of the area which identified key stakeholders.
This also flagged up what the service user group required and also identified carer and advocacy groups as stakeholders in service, both as advocates for users and to contribute experience of services.
A number of methods and events have been employed to help users and carers pinpoint their issues, interests and concerns to include their comments in the debates and discussions around the re-design.
At the end of the four years the project will be reviewed to identify learning points for public participation in the re-provisioning of services.