Lottery boost to improve mental health care in Tameside and Glossop

Hands interlinkedMental health services in Tameside and Glossop are set to benefit from a funding boost from the National Lottery.

The borough is one of four areas (*) in the country to be chosen by the Innovation Unit to join the Living Well UK Programme.

The programme is inspired by the Lambeth Living Well model. This is an approach to mental health care that has changed the way the voluntary and public sector organisations work together, so that the right support is available to people when it is needed.

Over the next three years, we will work with colleagues from Tameside and Glossop Strategic Commission (**) and other key local organisations to develop a new and improved approach to mental health care. 

Importantly, local people will be able to have a say in how mental health support is designed and developed. 

The new approach will support the early identification of mental health problems. This will help to people to stay well and prevent any issues becoming worse. It will also make sure services are high quality and can continue into the future.

The programme will also provide vital support for families, help reduce homelessness and get people into work.

It is hoped that the living well programmes developed in each of the four areas of the UK will become internationally recognised examples of mental health good practice.  It is also hoped that the work can be adopted in other areas of the UK, to make sure everyone can access great mental health care, regardless of where they live.

Dr Simon Darvill is one of our consultant psychiatrists.  He said: “I’m really pleased that people in Tameside and Glossop will benefit from this funding boost. I’m looking forward to working with local partners to improve the mental health support that’s available.

“Identifying mental health conditions as early as possible and providing the right support is really important.  For many people it can help improve their chances of making a full recovery and to ensure they enjoy the best quality of life.

“This extra funding will help us to support more people by providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place.”

Cllr Brenda Warrington, executive leader at Tameside Council, said: “Being part of the Living Well UK programme will enable us to learn from past experience and help us to develop a new innovative approach to buying and providing mental health services for the people of Tameside and Glossop.

"We look forward to working more closely with our partners and key stakeholders.”

Donna Thomas from The Anthony Seddon Fund, said:  "This is a unique opportunity for Tameside residents who have been struggling for a long time with their mental health issues, to play a significant part in designing a mental health service that is fit for purpose."

Look out for further details as our exciting living well programme develops.

* The other areas to receive funding are Salford, Edinburgh and Luton.

** NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group and Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council