Mental Health

Approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. Good mental health is fundamental to our general health and wellbeing. The following programmes aim to improve mental health services and care for patients.

South of England Collaborative Mental Health Quality and Patient Safety Improvement

The South of England Mental Health Quality and Patient Safety Improvement Collaborative is funded by the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN) and two other AHSNs in the South of England.

The Collaborative is led and delivered by a faculty of 15 committed professionals in partnership with the five Southern AHSNs. Membership to the Collaborative is from a number of Mental Health Trusts in the South of England.

We focus improvement in four key work streams:

  • Medication
  • Physical health
  • Safe and reliable care
  • Leadership

The four work streams focus on identification, development, sustainability and spread of innovation and high reliable processes in each topic.

In addition, the Collaborative has two cross-cutting themes: delivering and co-producing person and family centred care and creating a culture for continuous learning and safety.

Watch this video to see how the South of England Mental Health Quality and Patient Safety Improvement Collaborative is making mental healthcare safer.

To find out more about the Collaborative, please visit the website.

Zero Suicide Collaborative

Over the preceding five years, the South West of England has had high and increasing rates of suicide with no regional group looking at suicide prevention.

Following the success of The Detroit Project, a US-based Zero Suicide Initiative using improvement methodology, the South West Zero Suicide Collaborative was born, bringing together service providers, emergency responders and charitable organisations.

The Collaborative was initially funded in 2014 by the South West Strategic Clinical Network, with the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN) providing further funding in 2015 to allow it to continue its work to reduce suicide in the region.

View this case study for more information on the activity and impacts of the collaborative.

For more information about this programme of work, please contact a member of the Improvement team info@swahsn.com,