Give Your Views on how to Improve Mental health Services

(Last Updated On: September 24, 2018)

People in Devon are being invited to help influence the future of mental health services across the county.

NHS and care services are working together in partnership to address future health and care needs for the county, the Devon Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), which it is hoped will lead the development of a mental health and wellbeing strategy – and local people are being asked for their views on the strategy’s overall vision and priorities. These key areas will then inform the rest of the strategy.

Better support for people with mental ill health is a key priority for Devon STP, they tell us, and, once complete, the strategy will set out how services and improvements will be delivered in coming years.

The engagement process is open and continues until 19 October. You can have your say by completing a brief online survey – at

Alternatively you could visit one of four events:

Friday 28 September 2018 1pm – 4pm North Devon The Castle Centre, Barnstaple

Thursday 4 October 2018 9.30am – 12.30pm West Devon Plymouth Guildhall, Plymouth

Friday 5 October 2018 9.30am – 12.30pm East Devon Newcourt Community Centre, Exeter

Monday 8 October 2018 9.30am – 12.30pm South Devon Newton Abbot Racecourse, Newton Abbot

If you’re planning to attend one of the events, or if you have any questions about the engagement process, call 01392 675398 or email

Bob Jope Healthwatch Torbay

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!