Mental health organisations have led the way in delivering patient centred transformative change, however there is a long way to go as mental illness remains one of the biggest causes of ill health, maternal death and premature death.
As a nation we need to change our mindset towards mental health by:
- building resilience in our children
- preventing people becoming mentally unwell
- providing fair and quick access to those experiencing mental illness and supporting their recovery
Our shared vision is to achieve genuine parity of esteem between physical and mental health by 2020 and to
support this we are working on a range of projects, looking at improvements we can make internally as well as supporting
providers to improve.
- Change starts at home
- Supporting providers to improve
- Our priorities in mental health
- Publications to support the NHS
- How can we help you?
Change starts at home
We have pledged to become a ‘Time to Change employer’ to help tackle the stigma and discrimination around mental health within the workplace.
We want to look after our staff and encourage openness to discussions around mental health and wellbeing, and to support this we run a series of talks for our staff from internal and external speakers working in this field.
We are also training some of our staff to become mental health first aid trainers, teaching people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue.
Supporting providers to improve
We are working in the following areas to support you with your work in mental health:
- providing development support through our regional and central teams
- pushing forward the improvement movement within the NHS
- engaging clinical leaders in mental health services to ensure we have maximum clinical engagement with our work
Our priorities in mental health
- establishing a new access target which
implements the recommendations from Nigel Crisp's Independent Commission and Mental Health
- supporting your local work to use data and analysis to drive care
improvement (from board to ward)
- building a support offer to help you embed improvement
science, quality improvement and methodology, and to try and help tackle long
standing issues (for example 100%+ occupancy)
- supporting you to develop more transparent and
evidence-based local payment approaches
- aligning with national partners (for example NHS England) to
ensure that our improvement offer aligns with the work that they lead on
- sharing learning across physical and mental health, for example how you can learn from other providers
- facilitating peer learning by putting providers with a particular challenge in touch with others we know have strengths in that area
- exploring practical issues concerning implementation of your chosen mental health payment approach
- measuring performance against relevant mental health standards
Publications to support the NHS
So far, we have published resources to help providers and commissioners to
How can we help you?
If you have any examples of how your trust is working towards establishing equality between physical and mental health, or if there are any challenges you would like our help with, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.