Mental health and employment

A fortnight ago NHS England announced its intention to expand the use of Individual Placement and Support to enable more people with mental health problems to gain and maintain employment: In a blog post, NHS commentator Roy Lilley wrote of his scepticism about the model and suggested there was little evidence to support it. Being involved in work to promote work, I responded on social media to point out that there was plenty of evidence. Roy invited me to provide a response and along with my colleagues Andy Bell at the Centre for Mental Health and Peter Molyneux, Chair of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of the London Mental Health Employment Group,. developed a response that Roy published on his website. You can read the response here Thanks to Andy, Peter and also Miles Rinaldi from South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust for their help in producing [...]

Mental health blue print for Isle of Wight published

Contact Consulting worked with the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group to develop a blue print for the future of mental health services on the island. Working with a wide range of partners, we developed the document which the public is now being consulted on. The document can be viewed at:  IoW Mental Health Blueprint or

Thrive London published

Contact Consulting led the development of the content for Thrive London, a new city wide initiative to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Londoners. The work, led by Steve Appleton, involved collaboration with the GLA, NHS, London Councils and Public Health England (London). It was supported and launched by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan on 4 July 2017. You can view the document by clicking on this link: Thrive London

West Midlands Mental Health Commission report & action plan published

The West Midlands Combined Authority has published an action plan to transform the way people with mental health problems are treated by public services and employers. Steve Appleton, Managing Director of Contact Consulting provided secretariat and project management to the Commission and led the development of the published report and action plan. The Commission, chaired by Rt. Hon. Norman Lamb MP, was created to advise the Combined Authority and government on how to make a real difference in this area. The Commission's focus has been to develop  concrete plans which will transform public services to lessen the impact of poor mental health, redirecting current resources in the context of the Combined Authority devolution deal. Contact Consulting has been delighted to play a part in the development of the Commission's work and bring the action plan to fruition, through the use of public engagement using a Citizens Jury and in helping to gather and review evidence as well as [...]

Guidance for commissioners of drug & alcohol services

This guide has been written to provide practical advice on developing and delivering local plans and strategies to commission the most effective and efficient drug and alcohol services for adults. Based upon clinical best practice guidance and drawing upon the range of available evidence, it describes what should be expected of a modern drug and alcohol service in terms of effectiveness, outcomes and value for money. The guide will be of particular use to: Public health leaders who will hold responsibility for commissioning these services Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) Local authority commissioners Voluntary and independent sector organisations. Click here to view publication

Practical Mental Health Commissioning

This framework, co-authored by Steve Appleton of Contact Consulting, has been published by the Joint Commissioning Panel- Mental Health. The JCP-MH includes the Royal Colleges of General Practitioners and Psychiatrists, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the NHS Confederation, Rethink Mental Illness and Mind. It will help provide the practical guidance that GP pathfinder consortia, local authorities, and PCTs in transition often report is lacking when commissioning for mental health and wellbeing has been written for GP pathfinder consortia, local authorities, as well as PCTs in transition, and is intended to guide commissioners as they move through a complex and changing terrain. The new document provides a clear framework for what mental health commissioning looks like now, how it will work under the reforms, and identifies the opportunities to provide care in the future.  Click here to view publication