New roles at the trust for people who have experienced mental illness

THE Mental Health Trust that serves patients in York has developed two leadership roles specifically for people with mental illness.

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) is recruiting two ‘lived experience directors’, who it says will ensure the trust continues to develop and improve its services by working closely with its network of patients, caregivers and local communities.

A spokesperson said they will bring their own knowledge, understanding and compassion to the strategic direction of the trust, ensuring experienced voices are heard.

Ann Bridges, executive director of corporate affairs and engagement, said these were essential roles. “It is important that our leadership team includes people with lived experience of mental illness, who can bring a new level of perspective and understanding to our organization and the way we develop our services,” he said. she stated.

David Gilbert, who was the first patient director of lived experience at the NHS and worked with the trust to develop the role, said: ‘These kinds of roles are groundbreaking – they ensure that shared decision-making is modeled service to service, and that there can be a lot more focus on what matters to the people using the services and their loved ones.”

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