Mental Health

The AHSN NENC Mental Health Programme was established to address regional priorities in addition to contributing to the national agenda for mental health care reform.

The NHS Five Year Forward View (2016) states: One in four adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any given year.

“The NHS needs a far more proactive and preventative approach to reduce the long term impact for people experiencing mental health problems and for their families, and to reduce costs for the NHS and emergency services.”

The NHS Five Year Forward View (2016)

The aim of the Programme is to identify and enable transformational change that can add value for service users, carers, families and local communities. The Programme achieves this by working in partnership to enable the system wide adoption of innovation at scale and pace.

Delivery in the NENC

In addition, locally we are operating in close alignment to the Integrated Care Systems (ICS) Mental Health Programme and we are currently developing project work around areas identified locally.

The Virtual Recovery College

The Virtual Recovery College is an online initiative which takes the results and learning from a physical recovery college and adapts them so they can be presented at scale in a virtual capacity to an increased amount of users. The initiative was developed by Tees, Esk and Wear Valley (TEWV) NHS Foundation Trust and it was launched in April 2017. By January 2018 the college had 11,347 unique users of its site.

The college is split into two main areas:

  1. A public area available to anyone worldwide providing generic non Trust specific information on mental health topics
  2. An E-learning section was initially available to anyone in the TEWV area by secure login to provide teaching and learning on a range of mental health topics, with 1,500 individuals accessing learning modules between April 2017 and January 2018. This has now been extended to anyone in the AHSN NENC area.

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For more information about the AHSN NENC Mental Health Programme contact Elaine Readhead