Keep thinking differently
Rethink Mental Illness’s second guide for STPs/ICSs to continue their journey of community mental health transformation.
As you will know, transformation funding, designed to support stakeholders to realise the radical vision set out within the NHS Long Term Plan and Community Mental Health Framework entered the system from April 2021.
In preparation for this funding, STPs and ICSs should have been planning this transformation collaboratively in partnership with experts by experience, local authorities and the local voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. This resource outlines what to do next, providing guidance to overcome issues and barriers encountered thus far and develop a path forward, step-by-step.
This accompanies our first guide, Thinking differently, and together they are a comprehensive resource to support your radical redesign of community mental health services.
We have also held a series of webinars focused on community mental health transformation. You can watch these here.
Your next steps
Find out more
Our first guide outlines the first five steps needed to transform community mental health care and realise the vision of the NHS Long Term Plan and Community Mental Health Framework, using lessons from pilot sites and other pioneering work taking place across England.
Read more Thinking differently
Communities that care
Many factors shape our mental health, such as how socially connected we are, the state of our finances, the stability of our housing and our physical health. Our research shows that people severely affected by mental illness want more support accessing this kind of care in their communities.
Read more Communities that care
The Somerset model
Over the past year, Somerset has co-produced a new pioneering model for community mental health, involving the NHS, local authorities, VCSE organisations and people with lived experience of mental illness.
Read more The Somerset model
Community Mental Health Unit
We established the Community Mental Health Unit to be a laboratory for the best approaches to do this and to influence the best possible adoption of the Framework. We have secured a £3m grant to work with NHS and VCSE partners to deliver four new alliances around England and we continue to look for new partners. Our Community Mental Health Team can support you to understand what is going on in your area to ensure optimal transformation, work alongside you to undertake strategic and co-produced work to support your implementation of the CMHF, demonstrate practically what we know works and work alongside you to find what will have the most impact in your area, design co-produced outcomes measurement to make sure that changes and improvements are sustained and lead to long-term improvements for everyone using your services, and support local VCSE alliance formation, development and continued partnership working.
Find out more about the support available here Community Mental Health Unit