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Delivering Excellence in Recovery Oriented Services in Mental Health

News and presentations from today’s Delivering Excellence in Recovery Oriented Services in Mental Health chaired by Sean Duggan Chief Executive of The Centre for Mental Health.

Paul Scates Peer Specialist, Campaigner & Ambassador opened the conference with a look at what service users want from recovery oriented services, reflecting on his own experience Paul explained that a clinician with 'lived experience' started his recover journey.  Paul made the following points;

"we need to make people realise that mental health is normal"

"it's not just investment, we need a change of culture, we should be able to choose our service"

" when looking at 'Values Based', we need to think whose values are they? They should be both the organisation and the individuals"

"recovery is a unique journey, everybody's recovery is completely different....I prefer the term 'discovery' to 'recovery'"

Dr Sridevi Kalidindi Consultant Psychiatrist in Rehabilitation & Trust Clinical Liaison Lead for Local Contracts South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Chair, Rehabilitation & Social Psychiatry Faculty & Co-Chair Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health, RCPsych spoke on 'moving the focus to recovery oriented services'. Dr Kalidindi said; 

"our services should be based around the individual...supporting what people want to get out of life."

"use 'values based' to decide what do we need locally,and then look to get that commissioned"

"make sure that the outcome to the individual is most important"

"support staff, help them to come along with us"

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Terry Dafter Director of Adult Social Care and Nick Dixon Mental Health Commissioner, Stockport MBC presented: ‘An Integrated Approach to delivering a recovery focused service: Lessons from a Vanguard Site’

(Stockport MBC is part of Stockport Together, a partnership approach between Stockport CCG, Stockport MBC, NHS Pennine Care Foundation Trust and NHS)

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Presentation abstract 
The Stockport Together partnership has been successful in its bid to be a Vanguard site. 

Stockport Together, as one of the selected ‘vanguards’ for the new care models programme, will play a key part in the delivery of the Five Year Forward View – the vision for the future of the NHS. 

Vanguards are leading on developing new care models that will act as blueprints for the future of the health and care system in England. 

There are 50 vanguards across the country which will deliver an array of benefits for patients by developing new models of working, bringing services closer to communities and improving the links between all aspects of health and social care.

The bid will mean that the partnership will now have the opportunity to work with NHS England and national partners to co-design and establish the transformation of health and social care in Stockport.

Stockport Together is a partnership including: NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, NHS Stockport Foundation Trust and NHS Pennine Care Foundation Trust. Leaders from these organisations have committed to make the partnership work a top priority and are working together to develop an overall strategic plan for the borough to integrate and transform health and social care services. Tailored strategies are being developed across four programme areas:

•Prevention and Empowerment
•Urgent Care
•Proactive Care
•Planned Care 

Work will continue over the coming months on developing the design of the new models for service delivery.

Vanguard, when assessing Stockport to be a chosen site, was impressed with the transformative work undertaken within Mental Health and how the learning was being scaled up across the health and social care economy.

The presentation seeks to explain the nature of this innovative approach which resonated with the key Vanguard principles. It will refer to People Powered Health- for further information see and watch either of these videos of 11 minutes or 3 minutes

It will also introduce Alliance Contracting as a collaborative approach to commissioning adding value and enabling outcomes of a sustained recovery of a life to take place. For further information see
Within the presentation a service will be referred to called the Prevention and Personalisation Service or PPS. 

Nick Dixon
Following working for Pennine Care NHS Trust for 5 years as the Head of Social Care in Stockport, in 2008 Nick moved into a Commissioning role initially as Joint Commissioning Manager working across the Council and the Primary Care Trust and now based within the Council. 

His current role is to support the implementation of the Stockport Mental Health Joint Commissioning Strategy, taking a lead on key social care priorities such as implementing the Recovery Approach, the mental health social inclusion strategy, personalisation and meaningful user and carer involvement .More recently Nick has led on the People Powered Health Programme supported by NESTA to use the principles of co-production to transform the mental health pathways.

He qualified as a social worker in 1984, practiced in childcare for 7 years as well as working as an Approved Social Worker for 10 years and was a team manager and service manager within mental health services between 1997 and 2002. 

14 December 2015


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