Bamford Monitoring Group
In 2002 the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety initiated an independent review of mental health and learning disability law, policy and service provision, now referred to as the Bamford Review.
The aim of the Bamford Monitoring Group is to capture the views and experiences of members of the public, people with mental health needs, learning disabilities, families and carers in relation to the changes being made to services in Northern Ireland resulting from the Bamford Review.
The group has 16 members with equal representation from service users and carers who meet on a monthly basis. You can find out more about the group members below:
My name is Jean Hale, I live in Banbridge. I am a widow and I have four children. One called Francis lives in Mayobridge with his wife. Two of the girls live in Belfast and I visit them every other weekend. Richard the eldest boy lives in Lurgan.
I work in Mindwise charity shop two days each week, Tuesdays and Fridays.
On Mondays and Wednesdays I get support from Positive Futures. On Thursdays I go to Positive Futures Newry office and meet up with others in the Positive Achievers group. We meet each week for this and we sometimes have guest speakers i.e. Health and Safety, Fire Awareness, Personal Care, First Aid, etc. We go on days out during the year and have a week end away in Donegal for a country and western weekend.
I am a member of the Positive Futures Advisory Board, we meet once every 4-6 weeks and give our views on decision within the company and policies.
Myself and Noel represent the people supported by Positive Futures at Trustees meetings.
My name is Ursula Campbell. I come from Ballymoney. I am on the Bamford Monitoring Group. I am also on the new forum for people with a learning disability supported by the Northern Trust of which I am chair.
I really enjoy having my voice heard and helping to change things.
Brian Sinnamon is married (to Alison) and has two children. Kim (their daughter) is a Consultant in Colchester Hospital and Paul (their son) has a severe learning difficulty. Paul is in supported independent living and works 2 1/2 days per week in the Coca Cola plant outside Lisburn, supported by the Orchardville Society.
Brian retired from the Northern Ireland Court Service in October 2009. During his time with the Court Service he filled a number of senior positions.
Brian was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours List (2009) for public and voluntary service. He was Secretary and Vice Chair of Harberton Special School Board of Governors for about 16 years, a member and Vice Chair of the Equal Lives Action Group and is a Carer Director of Caring Breaks as well as a member of the Bamford Monitoring Group.
His hobbies include photography and golf and he enjoys taking as many holidays as he can!
Dr May McCann lives in Belfast. Until early retirement she lectured in Social Anthropology at QUB. She subsequently worked in the voluntary and community sector, in education, research and policy work, initially in the women’s sector and more recently in the area of mental health. Research interests and publications are in the area of diversity and equality.
Dr McCann holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.
I became interested in Mental Health in 2009 by a chance meeting with a charity called Impact Mental Health, I joined them as a volunteer and went onto South Essex Partnership Trust and Healthwatch Luton. I played an active role in the Mental Health Contract for Luton and Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group on the interview panel as Expert with experience. I have a strong belief in prevention rather than cure and am passionate about recovery before/during and after treatment. I became interested in the Patient and Client Council about 3 years ago at an airshow meeting and kept all the information in England, I joined the Bamford Monitoring Group as this was in my area of interest.
My knowledge base is alcohol and drugs, dementia awareness, general mental health, peer support and advocacy.
My Hobbies are chess, model railways, radio-controlled models, sailing, travel – all types, photography and walking.
I sit on the BMG as a mental service user representative and also sit on the Bamford Project Board as a BMG representative. My remit on both of these groups is to bring the views of mental health service users to the table. I have worked as a Peer Advocate for many years and currently I am Northern Ireland Regional Manager for the Irish Advocacy Network, which, is an island-wide organisation, providing mental health Peer Advocacy to the whole of Ireland. The Irish Advocacy Network is a not for profit, peer run and peer led organisation.
When I’m not working or attending meetings, I spend a lot of time working in my garden and grow a lot of our own food. My other pastime is fishing and I regularly take a group away to Donegal for weekend trips but to be honest we don’t catch many.
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Hi, I am a 54 year old mother of three adult children and six grandchildren. I have a lot of lived experience with mental health issues. In particular, I have a lot of experience regarding psychological problems. Since 1998 to the present, I have been a very passionate mental health activist. This is reflected in my membership of Mind Matter, Antrim; Mind; LAMP; Mind Your Self Mental Health; the Bamford Steering Group; FEBE (Federation of Experts by Experience) and the Bamford Monitoring Group. Initially, I became involved with mental health services as a young carer for family members. Later in life, I myself became a mental health service user. From 1988 to 1999, I had several admissions to psychiatric hospitals.
I sit on two mental health forums and also attend the following groups, GROW Recovery Group; Beating the Blues Communication Sub Group and the Royal College of Psychiatry User Carer Group.