Last week we hosted our Benchmarking & Good Practice in Mental Health Services conference. There was a wonderful array of discussion online and in the room, in response to our excellent speakers.
Julian Emms, Chief Executive of Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of the NHS Benchmarking Network’s Mental Health Reference Group opened the conference, introducing the first speaker and our keynote address, Professor Tim Kendall, National Clinical Director for Mental Health. He delivered a follow up to his previous presentation, discussing the progress and challenges with England’s National Mental Health strategy. Tim gave a broad overview of The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, New Care Models in Mental Health and Getting It Right First Time, before focusing on progressive activity within trusts. His case studies demonstrated that investment in technology, multi-disciplinary working and wellbeing services have already had a positive impact on the care and response to service users.
Grant Sara, Director for InforMH, provided our audience with The International Perspective. Speaking on the systems in Australia, Grant stated how both countries have diverse mental health systems but share common challenges, which allows them to benchmark ‘like enough’ services and collaborate on a national scale.
Following a short networking break, we heard from Stephen Watkins, Director for the Network, who presented this year’s mental health benchmarking findings. This year’s project featured 71 participants, our largest number of contributors to date. Stephen concluded that there is variation in provision and performance across the UK, in areas such as adult acute beds, bank and agency staffing and community caseloads. Participants received their registered and weighted population reports in early November.
We moved onto the role of employment support within mental health services from IPS Implementation Manager for the Centre for Mental Health, Calvin Silvester, supported by Programme Manager, Zoë Morris. Calvin explained the benefits of IPS, including welfare support and rapid job searches related to the client’s preferences, contributing to reduced hospitalisation.
Following a lively discussion, it was the opportunity for Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) National Quality Overview, presented by Dr Paul Lelliott, Deputy Chief Inspector (Lead for Mental Health). Paul confirmed that the CQC award the rating of outstanding to providers who demonstrate a leadership culture, currently demonstrated by 6% of NHS trusts and 3% of independent mental health locations.
We then heard from Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, presenting on their Zero Suicide Initiative. Suicide Prevention Lead, Jane Boland, presented on behalf of Chief Executive, Joe Rafferty. We circulate your good practice case studies on a quarterly basis. If you would like to share your innovative working with the membership, please contact Emma Pruce for more information.
Closing the conference, Stephen highlighted some of the Mental Health bespoke work the Network are completing and opportunities to get involved, including our Learning Disabilities project.
If you have any project queries, please contact Dave Barker, Project Coordinator. Thank you to all who submitted to the project and attended the conference in both a delegate and presenter capacity.
If you are interested in any of our future events, please contact Emma Pruce.