Find below information about both our Adult Mental Health network programme and Children and Young People network programme. 

 

Adult mental health 

Who are we?

  • We are a group of people, including members of the public and health professionals, who want to improve adult mental health services for people in Greater Manchester
  • We are led by Professor Paul French from Greater Manchester Mental Health and he is supported by a number of other clinicians and the network team
  • There are a number of different projects which are overseen by steering groups, which include doctors, consultants, commissioners (people who buy the services for hospitals and mental health trusts), patients and public health workers

What are our aims?

  • To identify areas for improvement in adult mental health, so we get the best outcomes for patients 
  • To reduce the variation in the quality of services for patients across GM, taking best practice and sharing it across the city region
  • Making sure patients, carers, doctors, nurses and families have a voice in designing and developing services 
  • Making sure we use our clinicians’ expertise and the most up-to-date evidence to improve services for patients 
  • Working with our partners to improve patients’ quality of life and life expectancy

How do we do it?

  • Networking and partnership working allows our steering groups to identify where improvements can be made 
  • Once identified, our steering groups, including doctors and nurses, patients and carers, will help draft strategies and guidelines which list what action needs to be taken to improve services  
  • Our networks will take these strategies and work with our stakeholders to ask other interested groups for their feedback, manage the introduction of the improvements and then evaluate the difference that they make
  • Holding community events and quarterly meetings with partners to discuss how we can make a difference

 How do we make a difference?

  • Waiting times have been reduced for patients who need adult mental health services after we offered guidance to GM health professionals
  • More people are now able to access adult mental health services than ever before because of this guidance
  • Events such as our BAME IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapy) celebration event and our faith conference have helped reduce the stigma around mental health
  • We have worked in partnership with people with lived experienced to shape services for patients

How can I get involved?

  • We have an adult mental health service user network which is led by current and past patients and supported by the networks. To find out more, please call 0113 825 0892 for a chat or email us at england.gmec-scn@nhs.net. 

 

Resources 

  • Improving access to physchologial therapies (IAPT)

 

 

Children and Young People network programme 

 

Working Together to Improve Greater Manchester’s Children and Young Persons’

Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health

Background

In March 2015 the National Mental Health Taskforce published Future in Mind(FiM). The report made 49 recommendations for a whole system approach transforming services that was characterised by collaborative working between children young people, families, communities, health, education, social care and the voluntary sector.

In February 2016 the government produced the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health Services which sets out the imperatives to improve all age mental health services that must be implemented.

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) provided local leadership to produce Children and Young Persons’ (CYP) Mental Health Local Transformation Plans (LTPs) which outlined the local changes needed to improve children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. During this period GM Health & Social Care Partnership (GM H&SCP) developed an all age mental health strategy that was developed as a result of extensive consultation between: children & young people, parent /carers, clinicians, commissioners, service providers, system assurers and national clinical leaders.

By enabling closer cross-agency working our network has supported GM’s CCGs and the Greater Manchester H&SCP children and young persons’ mental health improvement plans work plans.

Our strategic improvement network consists of a network of cross sector clinical/practice leads and subject matter experts and advisors

 

Our aims

  • Across all of children and young persons' services, identify areas for improved outcomes in the multi-agency provision of C&YP's emotional wellbeing and mental health
  • To reduce the variation in the range and quality of provision that is offered to CYP and their families across GM
  • Identify best practice and sahring it across the GM footprint
  • Promote and facilitate co-production by ensuring CYP, families, communities, carers, front line staff and families have a voice in desiging and developing services
  • Using the network's clinical and practice expertise and the most up-to-date practice-based evidence to improve outcomes for patients and service users

 

What we do to support service/system transformation 

Our strategic improvement network is integrated into the broader health and care structure in the following ways:

  • Regular attendance at GM-wide and locality CCG Collaborative commissioning structures to provide clinical/practice advice and information as requested, and to ensure CCG, local authority and education settings' perspectives are central to GMHSCP planning, system transformation and reviewing processes/activities
  • Via a network of cross sector clinical/practice leads and advisors we have developed clinical/practice leads and advisors we have developed clinical/practice informed links with GM's CCG/provider organisations, the VCSE provider organisations and social care and education settings 
  • Acknowledging, valuing and building on a successful history of GM cross sector collaborative working 
  • Maintaining involvement and engagement with stakeholders that helps to avoid duplication of effort and also supports shared learning 
  • As the devolved Manchester health and social care system evolves identify and embracing new clinical communities of practice, and multi-agency partnerships and support their growth and development
  • by ensuring CYP, families, communities, carers, front line staff and families have a voice in desiging and developing services
  • Using the network's clinical and practice expertise and the most up-to-date practice-based evidence to improve outcomes for patients and service users

 

How can I get involved?

  • The views of the public are very important to the network programme team. To contact us to find out more about how to get involved, please call 0113 825 0892 for a chat or email us at england.gmec-scn@nhs.net.

 

Attachments:
Download this file (guidance-co-locating-mental-health-therapists-primary-care.pdf)guidance-co-locating-mental-health-therapists-primary-care.pdf[Guidance to co-locating mental health therapists in primary care]392 kB
Download this file (IAPT-LTC _Full_Implementation_Guidance.pdf)IAPT-LTC _Full_Implementation_Guidance.pdf[IAPT LTC Full Implementation Guidance]2386 kB
Download this file (IAPT_Payment_Guidance.pdf)IAPT_Payment_Guidance.pdf[IAPT payment guidance ]786 kB
Download this file (long-term-conditions-mental-health-cost-comorbidities-naylor-feb12.pdf)long-term-conditions-mental-health-cost-comorbidities-naylor-feb12.pdf[Long Term Conditions and Mental Health]419 kB
Download this file (the-iapt-manual.pdf)the-iapt-manual.pdf[IAPT Manual ]1052 kB