NEMHDU has recently completed a six month project supporting South Tees CCG to develop their mental health commissioning capacity. The project had two main aims:
- To support the production of a South Tees CCG mental health and learning disability strategy, and;
- To increase the mental health commissioning knowledge and capacity of the CCG by developing the clinical and commissioning leads and appraising the CCGs infrastructure.
NEMHDU Associate Andy Flockton worked alongside CCG and commissioning support staff to produce a draft strategy, which was then widely consulted upon with clinicians, the public, providers, people who use services and their families and carers.
A comprehensive mental health commissioning development plan was developed, and a mental health boot camp was well received by all participants.
An appraisal of the CCG internal infrastructure led to the creation of a CCG mental health work stream that will work in partnership with other work streams to embed parity of esteem across the organisation. The mental health leadership was strengthened to include a Director-level lead.