Contact Consulting is delighted to confirm that we have been commissioned to support the work of the newly formed West Midlands Mental Health Commission.

The Commission, chaired by Norman Lamb MP (former Care Services Minister) will assess the scale of poor mental health and well being across the West Midlands and its cost and impact on public sector services, the economy and communities. It will review national and international research and best practice to establish what works best in addressing the impact that poor mental health and wellbeing has on public services, the economy and local communities. It will establish the relative costs and benefits of the application of this evidence to the West Midland and identify and consider the outcomes from, work currently under way and/ or being piloted in the West Midlands to improve mental health and wellbeing, including but not limited to Headstart and the NHS Vanguards.

The Commission will make recommendations to both Government and the West Midlands Combined Authority on:

  • How public services should be transformed to reduce the impact that poor mental health and wellbeing have on public services, the economy and communities in the West Midlands, within the current resource envelope
  • How resources currently spent on managing and treating mental ill health can be re-directed to measures that keep people mentally well and enable recovery
  • The potential for a devo deal for mental health and wellbeing, and if appropriate specify the nature of a devo deal
  • The outcomes that can be delivered by public service reform, within existing resources, to address poor mental health and wellbeing and the impact on demand for public services and productivity

Contact Consulting is pleased to be engaged to lead this project and to work with the members of the Commission as well as stakeholders across the West Midlands on this important piece of work.