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South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) has been chosen to host a series of focus groups as part of the Government’s review of the Mental Health Act.

The review has been set up to look at how the legislation in the Mental Health Act 1983 is used and how practice can improve. There are concerns that processes are out of step with a modern mental health system and also that rates of detention under the Act are rising, with a disproportionate number of people from black and minority ethnic groups being detained.

The review is seeking the views of service users and carers, relevant professionals and associated organisations.

SSSFT responded to an invitation to take part in the review and was chosen to host focus groups for service users and carers. Groups have already taken place in Stafford and Shrewsbury and a report will be fed back to the review panel and will feed into recommendations for changes to the Act.

An interim report is due out in the Spring, with the final report due in Autumn 2018.

Fiona Moore, Head of Involvement and Experience at SSSFT said “its very important that people with lived experience of the Act are able to share their views and we are pleased to be able to support local people to get involved and have their say”

For more information on the review see https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/independent-review-of-the-mental-health-act