‘Better together’ - residents invited to join local NHS Trust at annual meeting

7 September 2022

Residents across Hampshire are invited to join Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, at its Annual Members Meeting on Tuesday 20 September 6pm – 8pm. The theme for the event is “better together” and will give attendees the opportunity to find out more about the successful partnerships the Trust has developed, whether that be with other NHS organisations, local authorities, third sector organisations, national organisations, patient/carer groups and community organisations.

Chief Executive, Ron Shields, will also be providing a review of the year. Ron commented, “This will be my third Annual Members Meeting as Chief Executive and it’s a great time to reflect on the last year of incredible work our staff deliver and the partnership organisations we work with. We also welcome the opportunity for you to ask questions to Governors, Executive Board members and staff. Join us to learn about our progress and important plans for 2023.”

Lynne Hunt, Chair of Southern Health said “I am looking forward to welcoming everyone to this year’s event.  We are extremely proud of the work we do with our partner organisations, whether it be our system-wide partnerships across the healthcare system to community involvement. During the event we will hear from some of our partners, how we work together and what a difference they make to the way we support our patients and carers as well as the impact they have on the wider community.” 

The event will also include four presentations all based on the theme of partnership, including one from the St Denys Activity Group about what a difference the partnership between Southern Health and their community activity group in Southampton has made to raising awareness of stigmas of mental health in diverse communities and the support services available. 

Emma Dalwood, from Southampton Individual Placement and Support Service (IPS), part of Southampton City Council’s Employment Support Team, will be presenting and commented:

‘We are really excited to be presenting on our work with the council and Southern Health in helping people to gain sustainable employment, which is such a key element in mental health recovery journey. We have also recently become the first ever IPS service in the country to be awarded the IPS quality mark achieving the highest possible category of ‘Exemplary’, so this event will be a great chance to showcase the fantastic work the team have achieved’.

There will also be a feature on the Urgent Treatment Centre at Petersfield Community Hospital as well as a roundup of the Trust’s community involvement partnerships and the difference they are making to residents. 

To minimise contact, this year’s event will be virtual, via Zoom, enabling you to join from the comfort of your living room for free. The event will be produced by Drop the Mask Productions, a local Community Interest Company who employ talented people with lived experience.  

For the event joining details, book your place online at www.southernhealth.nhs.uk/amm2022

If you would like to ask a question during the event, please email communications@southernhealth.nhs.uk


We will be tweeting on the evening using the hashtag #shftamm2022


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