We are delighted to announce that The London Mental Health Dashboard has been shortlisted by HSJ (Health Service Journal) for the upcoming HSJ Awards. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 22nd November at the Intercontinental O2, London.
Since the conception of the HSJ Awards 36 years ago, the Awards have become the most sought after accolade in British healthcare and the largest awards programme of its type in the world. We are honoured to be recognised for our achievement and look forward to celebrating with the other shortlisted candidates!
Since launching the London Mental Health Dashboard last year (October 2016), we have achieved a great deal in a short period of time.
Read on to learn more about the Dashboard, a collaborative data system realised by the Healthy London Partnership and NHS Benchmarking Network.
The London Mental Health Dashboard: Promoting System Transformation and Transparency through the use of data
Most effective adoption and diffusion of existing best practice
Described as a ‘one-stop-shop’, the Dashboard presents data at organisational, STP and London level. With the support of the Mental Health trusts and programme sponsors, the Dashboard has reached 500 users from nearly 60 organisations.
Where it all began
In 2015, NHS England Regional Directors and Executive Teams of Mental Health Trusts, CCGs and Social Care agreed that the availability and accessibility of data for mental health providers and commissioners needed to improve.
Constructed by the NHS Benchmarking Network on behalf of the London Mental Health Transformation Board, the toolkit was launched in 2016 as a transformational tool for London’s mental health community, providing evidence on strategic priorities.
Functionality of the toolkit
Updated on a quarterly basis, the Dashboard allows users to monitor the state of mental health services across London, including changing levels of demand. It also provides supporting evidence to STP development plans and supports discussions between Commissioners and Providers.
Included within the dashboard are metrics for:
- Prevalence of mental ill health across London, for adults and young people
- The impact of mental illness and associated social determinants – employment and accommodation
- Activity and capacity – including referrals, waiting times and outcomes
- Patient and staff experience – including ‘Friends & Family’ measures
- Staffing – nursing and medical levels in inpatient care
- Deep dives into areas aligned to the Five Year Forward View objectives including CAMHS, first episode psychosis and perinatal mental health
The toolkit has already reached international audiences and was presented at the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) in Canberra, Australia in March 2017.
A little closer to home, a live demonstration will be given at the Health & Care Innovation Expo in September. You can find George Howard (Mental Health Lead, Healthy London Partnership) and Stephen Watkins (Director, NHS Benchmarking Network) leading an interactive workshop on the London Mental Health Dashboard.
Work is currently underway to expand the Dashboard to include the London Ambulance Service, the Metropolitan Police and other suppliers of Mental Health data.
The success of the Mental Health Dashboard has set a precedent for future work in this area, and discussions are underway for establishing a world cities mental health benchmarking group involving London and other global cities.
The Dashboard is in its’ infancy and continues to be developed. We appreciate all support for the London Mental Health Dashboard and encourage use of the toolkit for future mental health discussion between organisations.
Healthy London Partnership | NHS Benchmarking Network | NHS England (London Region) | London Transformation Board |London Office of CCGs | Cavendish Square Group | Trusts and CCGs across the London NHS system