The Mental Health Quality Report, which is being published for the first time, is part of Jersey's Mental Health Strategy.
The Mental Health Strategy which was launched in 2015 set out the importance of services that are:
- person centred
- focussed on recovery
It was recognised both by the people who use and those who provide services that a better understanding of the wider influences on mental health and wellbeing was needed, and that by working more closely, the States of Jersey and charities can provide the best services possible for islanders who need support with mental health.
During 2016, as part of this work, a series of workshops took place with people who use and provide services, focussed on identifying how to describe specific issues that were important to people's mental health. The result of these discussions was a framework of indicators and measures that provides a clear picture of what is important in:
- maintaining good mental health and wellbeing
- delivering timely and effective services to people who are unwell
- supporting people to live a fulfilling life
- ensuring services are staffed appropriately
This first quality report describes the work done to start measuring what different services are doing, what those measurements have found, and plans for improvements to services and the way information is collected.