Greater Manchester Adult Community Mental Health Transformation

You can download key documents here 

Greater Manchester are continuing to improve community mental health services to meet the needs of our service users and their carers/family.

The Greater Manchester vision for community mental health is:

We will promote mental wellbeing and prevent mental ill health in Greater Manchester by improving quality and increasing access to help, care and support for people when and where they need it.  We will help people in Greater Manchester wherever they live, and whatever their background to stay well, play an active part in their communities, and have greater choice and control of their care.

Across Greater Manchester, we are continuing to implement a place-based approach to mental health care with all ten Greater Manchester localities implementing the Living Well model.  Living Well will increase access to care and support for people with serious mental illness and high levels of complexity who are seeking help and advice with their mental health.  Access will be at a neighbourhood level within primary care networks with close connections to a local network of community groups and voluntary organisations.  People will be able to access redesigned community mental health services and multidisciplinary teams including: mental health practitioners, social care staff, voluntary sector staff and peer workers.

Some people who have accessed short term interventions through primary care networks will need more intensive and extensive help, risk support and longer-term care.  These people will have access to specialist community-based pathways for personality disorder, eating disorders and community rehabilitation.

The model of care is trauma informed and person-centred and the place-based approach allows us to :

  • Better understand and respond to local demographics
  • Address health inequalities and the social determinants of mental ill health at an earlier stage
  • Prevent and delay the need for crisis care or risk support
  • Engage in meaningful co-production and co-design with our service users and carers

Localities in Greater Manchester are at different stages in the development of Living Well but all are making good progress to achieve the Greater Manchester community mental health transformation vision.

What does this mean for people with serious mental illness?

Greater Manchester will start to embed the changes needed to better support people with serious mental illness and their family and carers by linking in with the external partners in primary care, the voluntary sector, and social services.  We hope the new pathways and working relationships will:

  • Help people receive their treatment sooner, intervening early and working preventatively  with a range of partners
  • Ensure care is more personalised as the service is tailored to need
  • Make the process easier to get help with less need for people to repeat their story

Living Well Salford – a community mental health service delivered in partnership between Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Mind in Salford, Wellbeing Matters, and START  has been hailed a success in a recent external evaluation report.

It has been life changing for me

You can find out more and download the full report here