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Rights, Recovery, Family and Carers, Peer to Peer Support and Employability - Implementation Group

The Mental Health Strategy 2012-15 continues the work and policy progressed within Delivering for Mental Health and Towards a Mentally Flourishing Scotland:

The NHS Quality Strategy identified three key areas: Person Centred, Safe and Effective care. The Involvement Implementation Group works within the wider framework of the strategy but is focused directly on much of the person-centred approach in mental health, and the involvement of family and carers in the delivery of the commitments.

A major element is to ensure that there are a wide range of stakeholders identified to take forward the ethos of person centred care, and delivered in an environment of mutuality. The engagement and involvement in all aspects of the project with carers and families will be key to its success.

Mental Health Strategy Commitments

  • Commitment 2: We will increase the involvement of families and carers in policy development and service delivery. We will discuss how best to do that with VOX and other organisations that involve and represent service users, families and carers
  • Commitment 3: We will commission a short review of work to date in Scotland on peer support as a basis for learning lessons and extending the use of the model more widely
  • Commitment 4: We will work with the management group for see me and the Scottish Association for Mental Health, who host see me, and other partners to develop the strategic direction for see me for the period from 2013 onwards
  • Commitment 5: We will work with the Scottish Human Rights Commission and the Mental Welfare Commission to develop and increase the focus on rights as a key component of mental health care in Scotland
  • Commitment 29: We will promote the evidence base for what works in employability for those with mental illness by publishing a guidance document which sets out the evidence base, identifies practice that is already in place and working, and develops data and monitoring systems. Change will require redesign both within health systems and the wider employability system to refocus practice on more effective approaches and to realise mental health care savings.

Remit of the Group

 The Implementation and Monitoring Group's Remit is to:

  • Monitor the progress on implementation of the Mental Health Strategy commitments and ensure that information about progress is disseminated accurately
  • Provide advice on the action necessary to deliver each of the commitments
  • Develop thinking about future developments to build on existing commitments and feed into work that follows the Mental Health Strategy

Membership of the Group

The Group is Chaired by Penny Curtis, Acting Head of Mental Health and Protection of Rights Division, Scottish Government. The membership is drawn from a wide range of partners and stakeholders:


The Implementation Group will meet under the auspices of the wider Mental Health Strategy Implementation Groups.

Within each commitment category there will be a focused group which will meet with key stakeholders to assess progress and prepare reports for the Implementation Group. These groups will be Chaired by the Adviser and will be co-chaired by members of the wider Implementation Group. These co-Chairs will deputise where appropriate within specialist areas:

  •  Employability
  •  Family & carer involvement
  •  Peer Support Working
  •  See Me
  •  Rights

These groups are now established with Co-Chairs appointed, and roles and remits agreed. Progress will be reported at the quarterly meetings of the Implementation and Monitoring Group.

Meeting Dates of the Implementation and Monitoring Group