Lambeth Living Well Network Alliance


Throughout March and April 2017, we engaged with 90 people around our plans to develop a whole system alliance contract for mental health services in Lambeth (the 'Living Well Network Alliance'). This would involve bringing together a small group of commissioners and providers to lead, co-ordinate and manage support and services for people experiencing mental health issues in the borough. We summarised our plans in a document called Our Plans for the Future, which we asked people to respond to through a structured survey.

90 people completed our survey online and via a paper copy, which was distributed through the Lambeth Collaborative. We heard a number of things:

  • We have a strong vision for mental health services in Lambeth, with 94% of people agreeing with the overall vision and purpose set out
  • We should continue to use co-production in developing and transforming mental health services in Lambeth, with 91% of people agreeing this is the right approach
  • A large majority of people (87%) either agreed or partially agreed with the ambition to move towards a fully integrated and co-ordinated system, supported by a new contractual form with a small group of commissioners and providers.
  • The outcomes articulated for mental health services are broadly supported, with 82% of people agreeing or partially agreeing, but there were some suggestions made about additional outcomes such as staff retention and satisfaction.
  • In relation to the enablers to help us achieve our vision, people thought that workforce development was vitally important, along with community networks, self-management and collaborative leadership.

All of these responses were taken into account and helped to shape the final Living Well Network Proposal Summary, which has formed the basis for development of a whole system Alliance contract (the 'Living Well Network Alliance'). In September 2017, Lambeth Council and CCG began working with a small group of providers (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Certitude and Thames Reach) to further develop the proposals for the Living Well Network Alliance and the contract went live on 1 July 2018

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