The MERIT Vanguard programme is an innovative and vibrant partnership of mental health organisations in the West Midlands, which have come together to develop new ways of working to improve the way mental health services are provided for the future. Our programme aims to deliver greater resilience, innovation and training across the metropolitan West Midlands and Warwickshire, covering a population of some 3.4 million people.
The Vanguard began in 2016, as a partnership between four NHS trusts:
- Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT)
- Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (BCPFT)
- Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (CWPT)
- Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMH).
In early 2018 we welcomed a fifth organisation: Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB), the city’s mental health partnership for people aged 0-25.
Currently our key projects include:
- Crisis care:
- Recovery culture:
- Workforce development:
Central funding from NHS England for the MERIT programme draws to a close in Spring 2018. We are working with the partner trusts to determine how the work we have begun can best continue beyond then, and they have already agreed to work together on some future activities. In common with the other 49 Vanguard programmes across England, we will also be sharing the learning from our work with the rest of the NHS and wider public sector.