The Mental Health Strategic Partnership (MHSP), a member of the Department of Health (DH) 3rd Sector Strategic Partnership programme, is entering into its final year. As lead partner in the MHSP, Mental Health Providers Forum has met with the DH to discuss how the work of the partnership can support the Implementation Framework for ‘No health without mental health’ which is due for launch later this year.
MHPF members will be aware of the Rule 43 letter issued to MHPF (along with NCVO) in December 2011. Clearly it is of the upmost importance that the sector demonstrates that it takes such matters seriously and can address the recommendations in a way that reflects a good understanding of risk management and standards related to safety planning.
In December MHPF sent a briefing paper to members giving an update on the commissioning agenda. Clearly these developments will impact on the sustainability and growth of services. It is essential for the sector to have an overview and understanding of these change and MHPF has drawn up a programme of work to support members through the transition period.
Sam Tema, Service User Involvement and ImROC Lead at St Andrew’s Healthcare and Chair of MHPF Service User Leads group, discusses the progress made so far on developing a tool/template for supporting organisations with meaningful service user involvement.
Working with a steering group of member organisations and strategic partners MHPF has been progressing work looking at setting standards for service user involvement within voluntary and community sector mental health services.
‘Recovery Star: validating user recovery’ a joint research paper from MHPF and St Andrew’s Healthcarelooking at some of the psychometric properties of the Mental Health Recovery Star, has been published in The Psychiatrist.
A key role MHPF continues to play is raising the profile of the contribution of voluntary sector providers in delivering mental health services. Our engagement with members over these past months has further served to emphasise the importance of this aspect of our work. We have continued to pursue every opportunity to do this and also establish a better understanding of the role of MHPF.
A partnership of leading mental health charities has launched a series of six briefings on World Mental Health Day to help develop better local mental health services. Following the publication of the implementation framework for the Government’s mental health strategy, these briefings set out the steps that local authorities, NHS commissioning groups and others can take to improve mental health care, treatment and support.
We are asking our members for their experience of regulatory enforcement in Care homes, as part of a review into the adult care home sector.
This is part of an initiative to drive up standards and enable providers to achieve the highest standards of care, while removing confusing bureaucratic requirements that divert carers from meeting the needs of residents.
MHPF have an ongoing commitment to fostering healthy collaboration, whilst supporting organisations to share and market their own unique selling points. Our aim is to pilot innovative new concepts, evdience quality, showcase excellence and, where appropriate, disseminate best practice across the sector.
Our conference this year will focus on showcasing best practice examples from across the sector.
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