Mental Health & Wellbeing Partnership Board


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Mental Health & Wellbeing Partnership Board


The Mental Health & Wellbeing Partnership Board brings together a wide array of organisations across different sectors and aims to provide a place of guidance for Mental Health and Wellbeing services and be a group for sharing projects that have been undertaken across a wide variety of different organisations and groups.

Gloucestershire will be a leader in working across organisation and with people with lived experience and carers to provide a joined up approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing services. The Board will be fully inclusive and an opportunity for best practice to be shared and ideas to be discussed and challenged. The Board will engage with a large group of stakeholders and organisations to ensure it is responsive to the needs of the people of Gloucestershire.

Jan Marriott is the Independent Chair of the Mental Health & Wellbeing Partnership Board and has lived experience as a Mum of somebody who has experienced a lot of mental health problems. She says “We know that mental health and wellbeing is everyone’s business and that we can achieve more by working in partnership than ever we can working in single organisations. Real co-production is fundamental, and I am so grateful for all the people who take part both at the Board and also at the Stakeholder Events which inform us”.  

  • Experts with Lived Experience
  • Carers
  • Gloucestershire Constabulary
  • Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service
  • Gloucestershire Probation Service
  • Cheltenham Borough Council
  • Cheltenham Borough Homes
  • Stroud District Council
  • Healthwatch
  • VCS Alliance
  • Gloucestershire Safeguarding
  • Independence Trust
  • People Plus
  • Commissioning – Adults and Children’s
  • Adult Social care
  • Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • MIND Gloucestershire and Swindon
  • The Partnership Board ensures commissioners and services are held to account for working together in line with the shared and agreed values and strategies.
  • It provides a voice and influence to a wide array of stakeholders including people with lived experience, families and carers in the decision making process.
  • It creates a network for projects, initiatives and their subsequent results to be shared and celebrated.
  • It ensures an aligning of projects with the Mental Health Strategy for Gloucestershire and the NHS Long Term Plan.
  • It ensures clear integration of care systems by collaborative working.
  • Some examples of current strategies/working groups are the Suicide Prevention steering group, Mental Health & Wellbeing steering group and the Crisis Care Concordat steering group.

Communicating with the Board

  • We will send agendas to the members of the Board 2 weeks before the meeting.
  • We will also put the agenda on this webpage.
  • Minutes from previous meetings will be sent out after the meeting for people to read (via email/post). They will be agreed at the next meeting and then put on this webpage so everyone can access.
  • All presentations to the Board must be sent to the Partnership Board officer 2 weeks in advance and follow the rules for accessibility.

Communicating with wider stakeholders

  • Regular bulletins, taking the form of some web based and some more interactive audio and visual bulletins.
  • There will be clear opportunities for views to be fed back.
  • Engagement will be enhanced through stakeholder events.
  • The voice of people with lived experience and their families will be particularly welcomed and supported through such organisations as MHELO, the Barnwood Trust, Kingfisher/Treasure Seekers, GHC Social Inclusion Team.
  • We will create information that is easy to read and accessible, using the Government’s guidance on Accessible formats.

 The Partnership Board has agreed the following code of conduct for meetings:

  • No talking over each other. The Board will always listen and be respectful.
  • Respect confidentiality – don’t talk about individual people if they’re not present
  • Keep to the time slots given.
  • Regularly scheduled breaks.
  • The meeting will be fully accessible. Points will be explained when necessary and there will be pauses if the experts by experience need time to consider what has been discussed.
  • The Board will be willing to try new things.
  • Jargon will be avoided.
  • There is no such thing as a silly question. Everyone’s contribution is equally valued.

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