Steve Appleton joins the Board of the Association of Mental Health Providers

Steve Appleton, Managing Director of Contact Consulting has been appointed to the Board of the Association of Mental Health Providers (AMHP). The AMHP is the leading representative body for voluntary and community sector mental health organisations in England and Wales. A registered charity, it represents its membership of small, medium and large providers – from locally focused to regional and national organisations with the purpose of providing a professional platform on which the vital work of all its members can be seen and heard. Commenting on his appointment, Steve Appleton said: "I am delighted to have been invited to join the Board of the Association of Mental Health Providers. The work of the voluntary sector in mental health is more vital than ever, and I look forward to working with my fellow Board members to ensure the voice of the sector is heard and that its influence continues to grow." You can read more about he work of [...]

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 http://www.isleofwightccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/public-consultations/Mental%20Health%20Blueprint%201701.pdf

Contact Consulting working with the NHS in the Isle of Wight

Contact Consulting has been commissioned to develop a blueprint for the future of mental health services in the Isle of Wight. The work is being undertaken for the Isle of Wight CCG, but involves extensive consultation with a range of local stakeholders in the NHS, local authority and the voluntary sector.

Contact Consulting to develop mental health strategy for NHS Southwark CCG and London Borough of Southwark

We are delighted to confirm that we have been commissioned by NHS Southwark CCG and the London Borough of Southwark to develop a joint mental health and wellbeing strategy. This important assignment comes at an important time for mental health services in London and will focus on a population based approach across the life course. Work on this assignment has now begun and will feature engagement with the public, people who use services as well as professionals, draw upon evidence based practice and be built around the principles of recovery.

Contact Consulting to support the West Midlands Mental Health Commission

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 [...]

Our evaluation of Tile House published

We are delighted that our evaluation of Tile House, conducted for One Housing Group has been published. We are indebted to colleagues at Tile House, OHG, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust and the London Borough of Camden for their help. In particular thank to Amy Crocker from OHG with whom we worked closely on the report. The report is downloadable from our publications section. Integration that Works One Support - Tile House Evauation

Contact Consulting to work with the Centre for Mental Health

Contact Consulting is pleased to confirm a new collaboration with the Centre for Mental Health. We will be leading a review of primary care mental health services in Northamptonshire with colleagues from the CFMH as part of our ongoing partnership. The work, commissioned by NHS Nene CCG will commence in February 2015 and will review the changes, successes and challenges of the implementation of the primary care mental health service and will include engagement with a range of key stakeholders across the health, social care and education system in Northamptonshire.    

Contact Consulting to work on new DHR report

Contact Consulting has been commissioned to write two DHR reports for neighbouring councils in Berkshire. This follows our recent appointment to work on two DHRs in Leeds We are looking forward to starting on these important pieces of work.

Chief Medical Officer publishes annual report on mental health

The Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally C Davies, today published her annual report focusing on mental health. Dame Sally makes 14 recommendations to improve public mental health services you can view the report here: Click here to view the report Our Twitter feed, @ContactConsult provides some of the key messages from the report.