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 [...]

Contact Consulting recent commissions

The start of the 2019/20 year has seen Contact Consulting taking on a range of new work. Steve Appleton has recently expanded his role with International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) and is now the European Lead for the organisation. With his north American counterpart he is leading IIMHL's work on mental health development in cities and urban regions. The States of Jersey have commissioned Contact Consulting to support the development and work of the new Children's Strategic Partnership Board, building on previous and current work related the Children's Plan and the Citizen's Panel following the Jersey Independent Care Inquiry. This work is being conducted jointly with our associate Amy Hobson. Work is now underway on a research project with Mind, examining the impact of social housing allocation policy for those experiencing mental health problems. In the housing and support field, Contact Consulting is working with Hestia, to review their hospital discharge programme in West [...]

Contact Consulting review of States of Jersey Safeguarding Partnership Board Published

Our review of the States of Jersey Safeguarding Partnership Boards was published in June 2018 You can read the report at: You can also read local press coverage of the report at: and

Contact Consulting commissioned by the States of Jersey to lead a project that will examine the way in which survivors who experienced abuse in Jersey’s child care system can be remembered.

Contact Consulting has been commissioned by the States of Jersey to lead a project that will examine the way in which survivors who experienced abuse in Jersey’s child care system can be remembered. This follows the recommendation in the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry that there was a need to  ‘acknowledge the realities of the past and speak to the future aspirations of the Island for its looked after children’ through some form of memorial.   Contact Consulting are seeking survivors who can take part in a series of facilitated, confidential discussions in May and June 2018 to explore the ways in which the experience of those affected can best be acknowledged.   By volunteering you can be assured that:   YOUR VOICE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE YOU CAN DECIDE HOW MUCH YOU WANT TO SAY YOU WILL NOT BE IDENTIFIED OUTSIDE OF THE GROUP   If you would like to take part or know more, please contact [...]

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 [...]

Contact Consulting to lead work on criminal justice transformation

Contact Consulting is delighted to have been commissioned to lead an exciting project as part of transforming the criminal justice system in Jersey. Working with the Department for Community and Constitutional Affairs, the work will explore the concept of justice on the island, how the system could be improved and shape the concept of what criminal justice should mean for citizens and what values an principles should underpin it. Starting in late April the project will use an appreciate inquiry model, reporting in the summer of 2018 Steve Appleton, Managing Director of Contact Consulting said: "We are pleased to have been asked to help to shape the future of the criminal justice system in Jersey. We look forward to working with those working in the system as well as those who are affected by it, and to shaping a new way of working."

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.

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 [...]