Service creating new ways of helping people with their mental health is successful, report finds
Greater Manchester are continuing to improve community mental health services to meet the needs of our service users and their carers/family through our Community Mental Health Transformation programme. 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.
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. The pilot phase received some funding from the National Lottery.
The final evaluation report undertaken by the Innovation Unit, found that Living Well Salford has supported people to achieve improved outcomes, including recovering from mental health problems and staying well enough to live the life they want to achieve.
The report, published on 15 August 2022, found that 83% of people that have been supported through the service have successfully reached one or more of their goals. It found that over half have experienced a ‘meaningful improvement’ in their recovery and quality of life.