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Our Vision

By collaborating and innovating, we will deliver the best quality care and the highest levels of mental well-being across the West Midlands.

Quite simply we want to make our mental health services the best they can be, for everyone in our local communities.

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.

NHS England established Vanguards as one of the first steps towards delivering the NHS Five Year Forward View, and to support service improvement and integration. Ours is one of 13 Acute Care Collaborations across England, which are partnerships between care providers which were set up to develop new ways of working which may be adopted by others in the sector and the wider NHS.

Some of our key projects include:

Improving care for people in mental health crisis

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.

Case study: How appreciative inquiry could influence service improvement

Case study: Finding appropriate care in a mental health crisis

Case study: The MERIT Bed Finder – placements nearer to home

Case study: The MERIT Electronic Health Record Viewer – improved access to the mental health records of patients from neighbouring areas

Establishing a recovery culture in mental health

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. We have run a series of events of interest to service users, carers, mental healthcare professionals, students and academics.

Case study: Recovery with Ron and Karen

Case study: Mental Health First Aid

  • @MERITvanguardwm - 5 months ago

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the MERIT programme team. We look forward to working with you in 2018.

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