The Mental Health Commission is 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.
The Commission uses the term "consultation" to refer to our commitment to listen to and take on board the views of stakeholders, through requests for and receipt of feedback on policy initiatives and other issues. In doing so, organisations and individuals are in a very real way participating in the decision-making and policy-making activities of the organisation.
Since its establishment in 2002, the Commission has undertaken a number of consultations with stakeholders, see our previous consultations section for details.
The Mental Health Commission is a member of the Health and Social Care Regulatory Forum which published guidelines for consultation.