introduced herself and the Panel.
from Positive Participation were present (Gurbax Kaur and Siobhan Samuels) at the meeting but
stated that they had not intended to speak to the report and were
attending only as public observers. The representatives did however
state that they would try to answer any questions that the Panel
Paul Smith - Head
of Commissioning introduced the briefing note in relation to the
consultation that had been carried out regarding the Remodelling
and Tender of Mental Health Preventative Contracts.
highlighted that the remit of the Panel was to consider whether the
consultation had been undertaken satisfactorily and whether the
recommendations that had been presented to the Cabinet Resources
Panel on 4th October 2016 were realistic and rational
and a true reflection of the finding of the consultation.
Members to page 6 of the report which showed that 419 people had
engaged in the consultation process which represented a total of
55% of all those invited to participate. 104 (25%) were service
users, four (1%) were relatives of a service user, five (1%) were
carers, 14 (3%) respondents identified themselves as service
providers, 10 (2%) were members of staff, seven people (2%) skipped
the question, 263 (63%) were self-help group members and 12 (3%)
selected ‘someone else’ and of that number three stated
they were; a Director of a community interest company (CIC) for mental wellbeing, a concerned citizen of
Wolverhampton and a user of services for people with on-going
mental health issues.
that given the above, 85% of users of the system who could have
been affected had been consulted and this was considered to be a
very strong response rate and would help to influence the direction
taken by the Council.
confirmed that the services were not subject to any budget cuts or
efficiency savings and that there was a commitment to maintain
funding of £107,000.
At the start of the
consultation process a fundamental element had been a model
proposing a hub in the City Centre. However as the consultation had
progressed it had become clear that service users were not in
favour of this idea and as such the hub proposal was abandoned in
favour of a model more akin to the current city wide model.
Officers stated that this was clear evidence of the Council taking
on board the feedback from the consultation and being reactive to
the recommendations and concerns of service users.
that the Council was supportive of culturally specific services but
it was thought that the current provision was too narrow and that
services had to be more inclusive to meet the needs of newly
arrived minorities including young black males and members of the
LGBT community. There was also concern
that there was currently some duplication of services in the City
which the new model needed to address.
questioned whether the Council would have to cover the
£60,225 currently ...
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