Extraordinary Bridge Forum Meeting – Community Mental Health Transformation

Jan 20, 2022 | BRIDGE Forum, News, Newsletter

Extraordinary Bridge Forum Meeting

Community Mental Health Transformation

Developing a VCFSE Mental Health Alliance

Wednesday 12th January 2021, 1:00pm to 3.00pm, Teams Meeting

Full notes are attached at the end of the post, along with presentation slides and an Expression of Interest form.

1:00 – 1:10   Welcome, Introductions and Purpose – Micha Woodworth

1:10 – 1:25   Community Mental Health (CMH) Framework and VCFSE Alliance Developments – Mark Trewin, Head of Alliance Building, Community Mental Health Unit, Rethink

1:25 – 1:40   Importance of Co-production with Communities and Service Users – Led by Darlene Martin – Rethink Community Engagement Manager and Garrick – expert by experience

1:40 – 2:20   Round Table Discussion: How we can support CMH Transformation in Wirral and strengthen the role of the VCFSE sector through developing a VCFSE Mental Health Alliance? – Led by Darlene, Mark & Kaneez Shaid, Head of Community Engagement

  • Where do we think we are right now in terms of being able to form a successful VCFSE Mental Health Alliance? What are the advantages and disadvantages of this approach?
  • How do we think coproduction could ensure that we are delivering services that are really needed by the communities we serve?
  • What would be the outcomes you would want to achieve over a 3-year period?

2:30 – 3pm Next Steps and Summing Up – Mark Trewin, Rethink and Micha Woodworth

Community Mental Health (CMH) Framework and VCFSE Alliance Developments – Mark Trewin, Head of Alliance Building, Community Mental Health Unit, Rethink

  • Rethink is a national charity – has a unit designed to work with the community mental health framework, working with local authorities and NHS trusts to support its introduction
  • Want to ensure that the community mental health framework:
    • is a radical redesign of mental health services
    • is co-produced by people who use the service and live in the communities where it’s happening
    • involves the voluntary, faith and community sector

Five main areas of community mental health framework:

  • Understanding and respecting the importance of communities – seeing people’s involvement in communities as an asset
  • Dissolving the barriers between services – organisations working more effectively together (e.g. voluntary sector being able to work in alliance rather than competing for tenders; also working with health, social care, housing, education etc)
  • Addressing physical health needs – relationship between physical and mental health
  • Integrated commissioning of services – using money as a community resource rather than fighting over it
  • Putting the person at the centre of their care – if you have multiple physical and mental health needs, can you get the care you need?

Four groups to focus on (NHS England):

  • Adults over 18
  • Adults with an eating disorder
  • People over 65
  • Adults over 18 within rehab services

Importance of Co-production with Communities and Service Users – Garrick –  Expert by Experience, and Darlene Martin – Rethink Community Engagement Manager

  • Experts by Experience are paid – they are employed by Rethink for co-production work
  • They act as ‘critical friends’ – extremely important!

Garrick:

  • Experts by Experience trying to represent communities who may have fallen between the gaps before – aiming for equity – e.g. age, gender, disability etc – making sure all voices are heard and involved in the change
  • Lived experience is fundamental – where are the gaps? What could have been done better for you? Able to influence change

Darlene:

  • Services should never be developed without the people who use them being involved – not just as a ‘tick box’ exercise but able to plan and design services
  • Co-production isn’t just important for clinical services, it should be for everybody – local authority, employment, housing etc – all these services have an impact on wellbeing!

Kaneez Shaid (Head of Community Engagement):

  • Voluntary sector are often the closest to people with mental health conditions – need to be leading transformational change
  • Need to release money down into communities, allowing community organisations to connect and keep doing vital work

Round Table Discussion: How we can support CMH Transformation in Wirral and strengthen the role of the VCFSE sector through developing a VCFSE Mental Health Alliance? – Led by Darlene, Mark & Kaneez

  1. Where do we think we are right now in terms of being able to form a successful VCFSE Mental Health Alliance? What are the advantages and disadvantages of this approach?
  2. How do we think coproduction could ensure that we are delivering services that are really needed by the communities we serve?
  3. What would be the outcomes you would want to achieve over a 3-year period?
  • Positive feelings about a VCFSE Mental Health Alliance, but with some caution around alliances given previous experience
  • Importance of statutory sector also and making sure specialist services are available when needed
  • What could community mental health care look like? We need community care that wraps around people
  • Accessibility of services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism needs to be improved
  • Funding difficulties and having to compete for funding can be a barrier to working together
  • Children and young people aren’t the focus of this work but we need to think about transitions and a whole family model
  • Older people need access to preventative resources and trust and consistency within mental health services
  • BAME communities – stigma around mental health services, can be hard to even open conversations
  • #Spare5 is important to these conversations – need to involve training in the alliance

Sli.do – What do you think are the main gaps and needs in mental health provision in Wirral?

Next Steps and Summing Up – Mark Trewin, Rethink and Micha Woodworth

  •  Do you want to form some kind of alliance in Wirral and work alongside CWP? Answer seems to be “yes, and!”
  • Next steps – think practically – CWP also covers Cheshire East and Cheshire West so we need to link up with other groups

Extraordinary Bridge Forum Meeting Jan 22 amended notes

Expression of Interest

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