Views sought on autism and mental health services

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The Health and Social Care Board and Public Health Agency are seeking feedback in order to help shape how care is delivered in Northern Ireland.

The ‘10,000 Voices’ PHA initiative gives people an opportunity to share their experiences of accessing healthcare services.

Mary Hinds, Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professions at the PHA, said: “The initiative acknowledges that patient and client contribution is fundamental to ensuring that services are commissioned to deliver better outcomes for patients, their families and carers.

“We want people to tell us about their experiences of health and social care and to highlight the things that were important to them. The information we receive will help us to direct how health and social care is shaped and delivered in Northern Ireland.”

10,000 Voices would like to hear your story if you or someone you care for has had experience with the following services in the past twelve months:

- Autism (children and young people up to age 18)

- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Tony Rodgers, assistant director of social care and children with the Health and Social Care Board, said: “This project creates a very important opportunity for children, young people and their families to share their experiences of CAMHS and paediatric autism services.

“By capturing their stories, we will have a very rich source of meaningful information from across the region giving an accurate picture of what works well, but also where changes and improvements may be needed. The results of the survey will provide a very solid basis for influencing the shape and development of these services both in the short and longer term.”

You can tell your story by completing a survey at

Paper versions of the survey are also available on request.