Extraordinary Bridge Forum Meeting
Community Mental Health Transformation
Developing a VCFSE Mental Health Alliance
Tuesday 9th March 2022, 1:00pm to 2.30pm, 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 Recap & Update from first meeting held 12th January – Mark Trewin, Head of Alliance Building, Community Mental Health Unit, Rethink
- What does this mean for your organisation?
- Update on East Cheshire/West Cheshire Alliance building
- Role of people with lived experience
1:25 – 1:40 Mental Health Asset Grant Funding Programmes – Wirral
- Tomorrows Women
- Journey Men
- Community Capacity Builders
- Next Chapter
1:40 – 1:45 Developing a Wirral VCSE Mental Health Alliance Terms of Reference – Darlene Martin, Community Engagement Manager, Cheshire & Wirral, Rethink
- Why a Terms of Reference?
- What should be included
1:45 – 1:50 Comfort Break
1:50 – 2:15 Breakout Rooms
2:15 – 2:25 Feedback from group discussions
2:25 – 2.30 Next Steps and Summing Up – Mark Trewin, Rethink and Micha Woodworth
Recap & Update from first meeting held 12th January – Mark Trewin, Rethink
(Powerpoint presentation below; full notes available here)
- This work is happening all over the country – encouraging voluntary sector organisations to work together, build alliances, co-produce
- Experts by Experience are also attending – key principle to try to co-produce with people who use mental health services
- Key question for today: how are we going to form a voluntary sector alliance that could work alongside the local authority and NHS?
- Money for this work is coming from NHS England – the goal is to share it and spend it jointly with local authorities and voluntary sector rather than all within the NHS
- Key principles for Rethink:
- Rethink are not bidding on any funding or setting up new services
- Work should be co-produced by those who live in the area and by experts by experience
- We should wrap care around people
- We need to shift power away from large organisations to people and communities
- This is a partnership between primary and secondary care, local authorities, and the voluntary sector
- Can we change the way we procure services? Less competition (which disadvantages smaller organisations), more working together?
- Can we minimize referrals between agencies?
- Alliance-building – looking at a formal alliance that is able to work directly as an equal partner with the NHS and local authority
- Shared vision
- Building trust and relationships
- Governance systems
- Terms of reference
- Different places are doing different things – using Somerset as an example as they’ve been working on this for 2 years
- CWP are committed to thinking about radical and different ways of working
- Alliance working should also empower the smallest organisations, including those who don’t have capacity to be part of the alliance itself – small grants work
Experts by Experience
- This is a once in a generation opportunity for people who use services/need services/may feel excluded to have a real say in decision making
- Grew up on the Wirral – it used to feel like things were being done ‘to’ me rather than with or for me – this has started to change in my lifetime
- People with lived experience must have a seat at the table – this money is coming in once, we have to get it right!
- Working with people is very positive – there seems to be a genuine desire for change
- ‘Once in a generation’ opportunity as Chris said
- Individuals really have the opportunity to contribute to a better mental health service
- People with a diverse range of conditions/lived experiences can contribute
- The new model should mean that co-production really means co-production
- This has the opportunity to be radical and very positive for the future
Mental Health Asset Grant Funding Programmes – Wirral
- 16 organisations given funding across East Cheshire/West Cheshire/Wirral
- Have asked some of the Wirral organisations to present the work they’re doing and how to access them
- Trying to connect to housing associations also to raise awareness of what’s available
Questions in terms of who was successful/who wasn’t and what opportunities will look like moving forward
- Darlene can send out a list of successful projects
- Transparency is crucial so we can work together moving forward
Developing a Wirral VCSE Mental Health Alliance
Important to understand what’s in it for organisations – what would it mean in practice?
- Benefits in terms of resources, relationships, finances
- We’re all here because we’re passionate about making change, but we need to be clear about the benefits for VCF organisations
Key focus – procurement as a collective
Synergy with existing alliance-building work on the Wirral
Prevention and after-care:
- Age UK Wirral: where is prevention and after-care in this model, as well as support for carers?
- Rethink: prevention isn’t as strong as we’d like it to be. We can strengthen it by having local authorities involved as they have legal responsibility for
NHS awareness of community services
- Wirral Change – will the alliance ensure that patients already within the NHS are directed to community and voluntary services? We’ve had quite a few referrals from junior doctors who have just found out about our services
- People need holistic support with social inclusion as well as clinical support – is there space for us as an alliance to be mentioned by e.g. GPs when people present with mental health concerns?
- Rethink – the point of the alliance is non-clinical services, so alliance working together with NHS should raise awareness of what’s available locally
Capacity and making sure people can get involved:
- Smaller organisations don’t always have capacity to join meetings – how do we ensure everyone is part of the conversation?
- Can send out questions by email and give people more time to response
- Using Healthwatch Wirral and CWP to reach as many people as possible
Gaps – doesn’t cover children and young people
- Koala NW – is it important for us to be involved as we work closely with children and young people’s mental health?
- Healthwatch Wirral – importance of whole family approach – we extended the invitation widely
- Rethink – the framework is focused on adults but we have had a lot of feedback about the need for similar transformation in children and young people’s services
- Transition points are important – moving from children’s services to adult services
- Whole family services should be involved in the alliance
Terms of Reference
- Please complete expression of interest form and return to Rethink if you haven’t already
- Next session to focus on terms of reference – looking at May dates
- Connect with other areas who have already set up alliances to find out how they’re doing it/what the outcomes have been