Launch of report into AHSNs’ support for mental health services

A major new report into the support Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) provide for NHS Trusts, patients, carers and families involved in mental health care has been published.

The Disruptive and Collaborative Mental Health Report is a national resource to help Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), patients and the general public to understand the exciting innovations taking place in mental health services and to demonstrate how these can be adopted and spread across service providers.

The report includes:

  • Information on specific innovations already making a difference in mental health care that AHSNs and partner organisations are developing and supporting
  • A guide to what good innovations look like and how they should be co-produced and evidence based

Contributors to this key report include:

  • Geraldine Strathdee, former NHS England National Clinical Director now working on improving lives through quality improvement programmes in population health, information and intelligence
  • Marie Ash, health care professional and former service-user in suicide prevention

We are also extremely grateful to David Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Mind, Hull and East Yorkshire and Chris Naylor of the King’s Fund for the guidance and feedback they provided.

The involvement of these experts ensures that the key messages and findings within the report are strategically relevant to leaders focused on the important objectives and challenges outlined in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.

The report is the result of work instigated by the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN to help its members understand its work in Mental Health Care.

This then led to the national AHSN Network opting to produce one central report that could be readily available to inform and encourage the spread and adoption of mental health innovations across the country.

Liz Mear, Chair of the national AHSN Network, commented: “This report sets out the potential for innovation to drive improvements in mental health and demonstrates the important role AHSNs play in the health system.”

The launch of this report precedes publication of an eBook due to be published online in October 2017. Updated versions of this eBook are expected to be published annually.