Participation and Involvement

The KMPT Engagement work plan involves a wide and diverse range of activities where the patient/carer voice supports KMPT in improving or developing services. Participating in engagement activities can support people to develop new skills useful for future vocational opportunities or personal/professional development.

The Engagement Pool is a list of service users, carers and their family members who have completed the Lived-experience expression of interest form and currently engage with us. People under the Engagement pool receive invitations to different projects and programmes around service development and improvement but also wider engagement opportunities from our external partner organisations.

If you are passionate about service improvement based on lived-experience or know somebody that is, please get in touch with us to join to the Engagement Pool at kmpt.engagement@nhs.net.

In April 2020 the Trust approved the new Participation and Involvement Strategy and focus now is on facilitating the implementation of the strategy. This will include the development of further opportunities for wider engagement.

Some of the many engagement activities we have run since March 2021 include:

  • More than 15 Engagement Pool participants joined the Keeping Connected event in June to learn about the Engagement work and the importance and value of volunteering for KMPT

  • Service users and carers participated in various recruitment activities across services

  • A&E Self-harm Pilot review – Staff: “It was helpful to get someone not involved to get honest feedback. The carer involved was so helpful and responsive. There was a time pressure to get this feedback and this was done very swiftly”

  • Board meeting presentation – Service user: “I was very happy to present to the board and tell them my story about the support I have received, as I feel it is important for services to hear positive outcomes”

  • The occupational therapy leaflet review - occupational therapists from three sites and Engagement team held seven focus groups with 20 patients who shared the view about the current leaflet

  • Participation and Involvement Strategy - eight service users, carers and volunteers are supporting the implementation of the strategy.