As Lord Carter was finalising his report, he was contacted by many community and mental health trusts who expressed willingness to be involved in a similar detailed approach.
In his role as a Non-Executive Director in NHS Improvement, Lord Carter is overseeing and steering our review. His intention is to follow a similar structure and methodology of his original acute review, with some significant tailoring to community and mental health.
The engagement that we will undertake in developing our findings will look to understand:
- how organisations in mental health and community trusts operate
- what good looks like
- what approaches to improving productivity and efficiency are already in place and what opportunities there are to drive these further
- what metrics and indicators are required to support the development of the model for these sectors
Mirroring the approach taken in the acute sector review, we have set up a cohort of 23 trusts across both community and mental health with which more detailed engagement will be focussed over the initial stages of the review process over the next six months.
We are also looking at the scope to extend this review to all remaining providers including ambulance trusts and specialist acute trusts.
As we develop our understanding, we will feed these into discussions with trusts. This will enable us to jointly scope, iterate and finalise the findings of the review and specify the benchmarking criteria for an “optimal model” NHS community or mental health care trust. Some of this will take place by linking the community and mental health trusts to the ongoing implementation of the acute review, but of course there will be many areas where we will need to jointly produce recommendations and solutions that are tailored to the varied work you undertake.
In addition, we will be providing updates on our progress and thinking as it develops at regular intervals and after significant milestones. We will also be doing some Board level engagement throughout the review process, and will discuss our findings with all organisations before they are published in the autumn of 2017.
If your trust is not part of our initial cohort and you are keen to feed your examples into the review, please contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also get in touch if you would like to be provided with more information on our approach, and have your name be added to the operational productivity distribution list which provides updates on the Carter programme as a whole. We would also welcome any specific suggestions, concerns or more general points you may wish to feed in.
List of cohort trusts
2Gether NHS FT
5 Boroughs Partnership NHS FT
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS FT
Central and North West London NHS FT
Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS FT
East London NHS FT
Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS FT
Kent Community Health NHS FT
Lancashire Care NHS FT
Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Leicestershire Partnership NHS FT
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS FT
Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS FT
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS FT
Oxford Health NHS FT
South West London and St. George's Mental Health NHS Trust
Sussex Partnership NHS FT
Torbay and South Devon NHS FT
Wirral Community NHS FT