Service user participation and influence
Topics covered in this article: Participation, Participation & involvement
Awards category sponsored by Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance
We think that individual participation in decisions that affect them is a fundamental principle and one that should be at the heart of any health or social care decision. The principles are clear that just because someone has a mental illness, learning disability or other mental disorder, it doesn't mean they have no say in what happens to them.Consideration of the principles and individual needs should be at the heart of how services are planned and delivered.
Shortlisted projects in this category have demonstrated
- commitment and flexibility in their approach to service user participation in care and treatment decisions
- service development and delivery that responds directly to needs identified by service users
- a positive impact on individuals and the quality of services provided for people with mental ill health, learning disability, dementia or another mental disorder.