We are committed to listening to the views of key stakeholders and interested parties in all areas of policy and standards development within the organisation. The Commission recognises that the rules, codes of practice, standards and position papers it develops and the reviews it undertakes are better-informed, more rigorous and accountable as a result of engaging in public consultation.
We use the term "consultation" to refer to our commitment to listen to and take on board the views of stakeholders. We do this through requests for and receipt of feedback, holding focus groups and workshops, and inviting individuals to sit on working groups. We believe that this leads to organisations and individuals participating in a very real way in the decision-making and policy-making activities of the organisation.
Since its establishment in 2002, we have undertaken a number of consultations with stakeholders, see our previous consultations section for further details on some of these consultation processes.
The Mental Health Commission is also a member of the Health and Social Care Regulatory Forum which published guidelines for consultation.