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The Mental Health Network is the lead agency delivering a range of projects which are helping to improve services for mental health patients and carers. We work with partners facilitating the development of products and services for use by patients, clinicians and third sector organisations. Our unique position working across the Greater Manchester footprint allows us to drive forward initiatives to support all of these stakeholders.

Current project work that we are leading includes:

Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) and Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) and Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

The SCN is working to improve EIP and IAPT access rates and waiting time targets as set out in the NICE clinical guidance which will be implemented on 1st April 2016. We have been supporting the Northern Mental Health Operations Steering Group to conduct a baseline assessment of services and help prepare the region for readiness of the implementation of the guidelines.

In addition to this work, the SCN has been working in partnership with the North West Psychological Practitioners Network (PPN North West) to help and support commissioners and providers to share good practice and a forum to discuss improving leadership to deliver better service outcomes.

To promote and support the implementation of the new EIP & IAPT standards the SCN delivered workshops and presentation to Heads of Commissioning, providers and the Regional Medical Director.

Working with our Regional Medical Director (North) and the NHS England National Clinical Director for Mental Health, Greater Manchester CCGs and Provider Trusts; the SCN delivered one of three workshops across the North region focusing on how to improve IAPT and EIP services.

The focus was on the new access and waiting time standards, giving all attendees the opportunity to consider local and regional areas of development in EIP and IAPT, and how progress towards improvement could be made. In addition, this event provided a platform for commissioners and providers to showcase mental health innovations in the SCN area with an opportunity for peer-to-peer learning.

This work has started a collective journey and an opportunity for to work in partnership to support local commissioners and providers on implementing the new standards. Continuing the sharing of good practice and service improvement the SCN has established an IAPT steering group representing local areas across Greater Manchester. Furthermore, this has been supported through delivery of EIP masterclasses which explain how the new standards will impact on how clinicians will have to change their current working practices to meet the new standards.

Liaison Mental Health

Historically, the challenges faced by Liaison Mental Health services include the slow and piecemeal take up of its services and recommendations. Pilot studies from late 1990's demonstrated the effectiveness in the service in both providing the care that patients need and the cost reducing effectiveness of its employment. The slow take up and recognition of the service merits has resulted in patchy development of the service across the health landscape resulted in unequal access to the

Even now with the national priorities and objectives outlining the attaining of Core24 status by 2020, Liaison Mental Health is still only being acknowledged as the effective service for patients with comorbid concerns demonstrating the value it adds to the health service by reducing length of stay, length of treatment and recovery of patient.

GMLSC SCN is working in partnership with providers across the footprint to establish a Liaison Mental Health advisory panel. The purpose of the panel is to engage with clinical lead professionals to provide expert advice and information to guide commissioners to steer the correct services and professionals being engaged to deliver on the national objective of establishing Core24 Liaison mental health services in all acute hospitals by 2020. The main aim of the group is producing a strategy on how to improve the Liaison Mental Health services in Greater Manchester, tying in with the Devolution Manchester agenda and the £7billion Health & Wellbeing budget for Greater Manchester.
The group is overseeing the delivery of a series of workshops to train community workers on Liaison Mental Health and a conference to provide professional information and training for healthcare professionals in Greater Manchester and the wider North West area. This will foster collaborative learning and provide a platform to share and develop upon service improvement.

Promoting equality and tackling heath inequalities

Faith Champions

The Faith Champions project is specifically targeted to identify and train members of the faith community to help further develop and support the mental health agenda. This group was specifically chosen to provide support and services to those more vulnerable members of the community who usually do not engage with the services and authorities. Working with these organisations we are engaging with hard to reach groups and reduce the level of health inequality across GMLSC. The aim is to train up to 120 individuals who are already embedded as community leaders or members of faith groups who can provide support and guidance as well act as a signpost to further services and treatments should they be required.

Working in partnership

Organisations we partner with

Key achievements and case studies