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Four mental health trusts have come together to develop new ways of working to improve the way mental health services are provided for the future.

MERIT Vanguard and the people we serve

The vanguard partners include Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, (BSMHFT) Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, (BCPFT) Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMH) and Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (CWPT).

We believe that by getting people involved we can make sure our services meet the unique requirements of our mental health needs in the West Midlands.

In total, the population in the West Midlands is 3.4 million and people come from many different backgrounds.

MERIT will create a model of excellence in crisis care across the four partner trusts to promote quality improvement, consistency of practice and better collaborative working and produce a blueprint which can then be replicated elsewhere.

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MERIT is committed to improving care for people with mental health problems and is involving local people in developing the service to help patients in recovery.

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The closure of the custody suite at Solihull Police Station presented a new challenge for Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust's Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion team. Some people arrested in Solihull are now detained at Little Park Street Police Station in Coventry city centre, but any mental health trust records they may have are probably held at the neighbouring Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

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