Co-production in Mental Health Commissioning
Co-production in commissioning brings together community members and commissioners, to work together as equal partners in decision-making around commissioning of mental health services.
The Mental Health in Co-production (MiC) project was funded by the Department of Health’s Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund for three years ending 30 September 2015, and has been delivered by Rethink Mental Illness working in partnership with four London boroughs (Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster, operating as the tri-borough, plus Kingston upon Thames).
The key objective of the project was to create a tested and evidence-based best practice model for using co-production in the commissioning of mental health services. The project did this by training and empowering 'Champions' (often service users) and commissioners to enable them to work effectively together to co-design services.
The Community Champions used their own networks of local volunteers with personal experience of mental health problems to understand the challenges facing the local community and the assets within it.
We worked with three main project focuses:
1. Care leavers,
2. Out-of-hours mental health services for young people
3. Mental health services provided within Youth Offending Services.
Our work has resulted in a number of changes in services:
1. A co-produced service specification for a new CAMHS Out-Of-Hours service to be rolled out across a significant portion of London
2. A training programme designed, and facilitated by young people and CAMHS clinical staff for non-mental health professionals working with children and young people
3. Young people who have used services attending Health and Wellbeing Boards and sitting on Local Transformation Plan CAMHS group
Fully funded support for CCGs
Since completing the pilots on the different co-production projects we are offering fully funded support to CCGs until the 30th September 2015 to support the adoption of co-production principles, or commissioning of co-production projects. We will be providing initial support to a limited number of CCGs to help them to get started on using co-production in their areas.
If you are interested in using co-production or would like more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and see below links for further details
If you would like to find our more about co-production and our model, you can download the documents below including our getting started guide and the evaluation of our pilots in Hammersmith and Fulham and Kingston.