The mental health network sets the priorities and areas of work to develop and improve services in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria.

It is led by senior clinicians, supported by the strategic network team, and is overseen by the Mental Health Steering Group made up of commissioners, service providers, patients, carers and members of the public.

As well as adult mental health, the network also covers learning disabilities and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and each has its own advisory group which shares themes with the Maternity and Children's Steering Group.

What we do

The clinical leads and Strategic Network Team are responsible for delivering projects which focus on:

  • Achieving parity of esteem between mental health and physical health care needs
  • Training on mental health issues for clinical commissioning groups
  • Supporting early diagnosis of mental health problems
  • Integrating the care pathway to for the treatment of schizophrenia, psychosis and personality disorder
  • Reviewing the implementation and impact of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies
  • Reducing premature death in people with mental health problems
  • Integrating the transition from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and adult or primary care

How we do it

Partnership working is essential in achieving our objectives and we work closely with the national mental health clinical director and the third sector in delivering our programmes and projects. The views of patients and carers are especially important and are represented through number of channels: Our Patients, Carers and Public (PCP) Engagement Advisory Group, PCP Network and by being involved in our Steering Groups. Please refer to our PCP Engagement Strategy for further details on how we involving and consulting our patients, carers and members of the public.