Building on work already underway in the 101 Days for Mental Health Project, Tameside and Glossop have been selected by the Innovation Unit to join the Living Well UK Programme, funded by the Big Lottery.
As one of four sites, people with mental health needs living in the locality will benefit from having a say in how mental health support is designed and developed in Tameside and Glossop over the next three years through our local Living Life Well Programme.
The programme is inspired by Lambeth Living Well model, an approach to mental health care that has changed the way the voluntary and public sectors work together so that the right support is available to people when it is needed.
The Tameside and Glossop Strategic Commission*, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and key local organisations will review how mental health support is commissioned and provided for the people of Tameside and Glossop and develop a new model of care.
The new model will support early intervention and prevention; it will support people to stay well; ensure the delivery of high quality and sustainable services, including support for families; help reduce homelessness; get people into work and will be age friendly.
Mental health services in Tameside and Glossop are stretched due to high demand and there is an emphasis of reactive/crisis care, plus long waiting lists for therapy.
It is hoped that, through the programme, the support available in the four Living Well UK areas will become internationally recognised examples of an innovative way to help people achieve good mental health in community and primary care settings. The work will have the potential to be adopted across the NHS in the UK, transforming the support currently offered by GPs and community and mental health teams.
Living Well UK is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. The Programme will be managed and delivered by Innovation Unit, a social enterprise that supports innovation in public services. Tameside and Glossop are one of four locations to receive the funding over three years alongside tailored support from the mental health team at Innovation Unit and from an independent evaluator.
Cllr Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader at Tameside Council, said: “I am delighted that Tameside and Glossop have been selected as one of the four UK sites for this new programme.
“Being part of the Living Well UK programme will enable us to learn from past experience and help us to develop a new innovative approach to buying and providing mental health services for the people of Tameside and Glossop. We look forward to working more closely with our partners and key stakeholders.”
Dr Simon Darvill is a consultant psychiatrist for Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust; the borough’s provider of NHS mental health services. He said: “I’m really pleased that people in Tameside and Glossop will benefit from this funding boost. I’m looking forward to working with local partners to improve the mental health support that’s available.
“Identifying mental health conditions as early as possible and providing the right support is really important. For many people it can help improve their chances of making a full recovery and to ensure they enjoy the best quality of life.
“This extra funding will help us to support more people by providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place.”
Donna Thomas from The Anthony Seddon Fund, said: "This is a unique opportunity for Tameside residents who have been struggling for a long time with their mental health issues, to play a significant part in designing a mental health service that is fit for purpose. People have been trying to cope for too long without adequate support and this project has enabled them to work with relevant organisations to develop a real solution to the gaps in the current provision."
If you would like to learn more about Tameside and Glossop’s local programme ‘Living Life Well’ or to volunteer to be part of the work, contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group and Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council