Wishing you all the peace and joy of the season!
As we approach the Christmas holidays and the end of the year, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support and hard work this year!
2017 has been a big and busy year for us – we changed our name from MHPF to Association of Mental Health Providers, we rebranded, and we redeveloped our website. We did it all to better reflect the work that we do and have a stronger focus on you; our members, and we believe we are now more engaged and informed, and in a better place to support and promote your work and services.
The year has been a challenging one for many members, and the wider mental health sector, with providers facing a higher demand for services but many also experiencing various financial pressures. We have held regional members’ meetings to hear your thoughts and views, and learn about your concerns and priorities. We have been working with our members on many issues this year such as sleep-in payments and delayed transfers of care, and have been working hard to ensure the voices of our members are heard and that we are able to influence policy effectively.
Mental health has been a key focus for the Government this year and if you’ve missed any updates, fear not, we’ve been sharing all the news, our responses to announcements, and the latest policy guidance on our website and social media too. You can also see all the bulletins we’ve sent since May on our website, so have a read and invite your colleagues to subscribe.
This year, we sadly said goodbye to staff members and our former Chair, but we also welcomed a new Chair, new Trustees, and most importantly, new members! We have continued to build on old partnerships with our Associate Members, but we have also formed new alliances with organisations working in the health and social care sector to ensure we are always well-placed to push the mental health agenda. We look forward to working with each one of you in the new year, and hope our relationship continues to thrive.
So, as we look towards 2018, we hope we can look forward to a peaceful and productive year where mental health continues to be a priority for everyone, and a year in which we can all provide the support and deliver the services that people with mental health conditions need and deserve.
Wishing you and your families a happy and restful holiday!
All at The Association 🙂