13 / 5 / 2014 09:00 AM
The Mental Health Network represents providers from across the statutory and non-statutory sectors.
We work with government, regulators, opinion formers, media and the wider NHS to promote excellence in mental health services, and the importance of good mental health.
We help shape and challenge national policy and legislation affecting our members. We make sense of the broader political and policy environment, and provide members with up to date news and analysis. We also work to identify and spread good practice and innovation in the mental health sector.
Joining the Mental Health Network provides members with access to regular policy briefings, reports and news bulletins. We also run a popular events programme throughout the year, providing members with opportunities to hear from senior figures in healthcare and for networking with peers.
What do we do for our members?
The NHS is going through its biggest ever changes and is facing ever increasing financial pressures, not least in the mental health sector.
This means there is no more crucial time than now for providers of mental health services to stand united and to speak as one voice.
The Mental Health Network is that voice. We are constantly working hard to ensure that our members are heard. We know it’s tough and challenging for our members and on their behalf we have had real influence.
This is just a snapshot of how we do it...
The future of mental health
Mental health services are facing challenging times and an uncertain future. With our annual conference in March 2013 kicking off the debate, we are focusing on what the future holds and what this means for providers.
Working with political parties
We work closely with parliamentarians from the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat political parties in policy development and shaping manifestos as we race towards the next general election.
Mental health crisis care
In February 2014 we signed up, on behalf of our members, to the Department of Health’s Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat which aims to support local systems in achieving systematic and continuous improvements for those in need of crisis care.
With partners the Centre for Mental Health, we are delivering the Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC) programme, a joint initiative that works with mental health service providers in refocusing services around the principles of recovery.
One sector, one voice
We co-founded the Mental Health Policy Group with partners Mind, Rethink Mental Illness, Centre for Mental Health, Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Mental Health Foundation.
Challenging institutional bias
In [month] 2014 NHS England and Monitor proposed a 20% higher cut to the mental health services tariff than that of the acute sector. We are fighting hard on behalf of our members in challenging this system bias against mental health.
Making parity a reality
In February 2014 Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched the Government’s refreshed mental health strategy Closing the Gap. We are working closely with Minister of State for Care and Support, Norman Lamb MP, and the Department of Health in the implementation of the strategy’s 25 priorities to ensure of true parity of esteem between mental health and physical health services.
Choice and Payment by Results
Choice of provider for mental health services is now a reality with work also continuing around the introduction of new payment mechanisms. We are closely engaging with NHS England and others in representing the views of our members effectively during this important period.
Maternal mental health
An area often overlooked, we are working to highlight good practice in maternal mental health, outlining gaps in provision and exploring the opportunities and challenges for services to secure positive outcomes for children and parents.