First mental health LCO stakeholder meeting held

The first of a series of public meetings to discuss the legislative options that will emerge from Jonathan Morgan AM’s Mental Health Legislative Competence Order (LCO) has taken place.

The meeting, which was held in Margam, near Port Talbot, on October 13th, was hosted by Welsh Assembly Government Mental Health Relationship Manager Claire Fife and was attended by a wide range of people including service users and representatives from, amongst others, the voluntary sector, the statutory sector and Community Mental Health Teams.

Public Affairs Manager, David England, from the Welsh mental health charity Hafal attended the event. He said: “Initially the process of moving the LCO through the Assembly and Parliament was discussed. This was followed by a series of workshops which were held to discuss the five areas where competence and the Measure are being arranged.”

The five areas discussed in the workshops were:

• Expanding Tier 1 mental health services.

• Enhanced access to specialist mental health services for previous users.

• Care and treatment plans for all users of specialist mental health services.

• Expanding Independent Mental Health Advocate services to short-term sections.

• Independent advocacy for all inpatients.

David added that: “The LCO is currently going through the Welsh Affairs Committee and the hope and expectation is that it will be given competence during the latter part of this year or early next year.”

Subsequent meetings will be held in Aberystwyth on October 19th and Wrexham on October 23.

For more information please contact the Mental Health Legislation Team, Welsh Assembly Government, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NQ or e-mail Claire Fife at: Claire.Fife@wales.gsi.gov.uk