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The collaborative - living well in Lambeth

We are delighted that the vision and energy of everyone involved in the Lambeth Living Well Collaborative has been recognised at the NHS Leadership Recognition Awards 2013, as the Patient Inclusivity Award winners. The award goes to a person or team who champion real involvement of people in the design and development of health services – leading to real benefits for patients.

There has been a clear commitment to developing a model of co-production for mental health in Lambeth for several years. The Collaborative was established in July 2010 & is striving to apply the principles of coproduction to the commissioning & delivery of services & support for people who experience mental illness.  It is a group of users, carers, GPs, colleagues at Lambeth Council, commissioners & providers from the public & third sector dedicated to working together to tackle the big challenges we all face and to radically improve wellbeing by enabling people to better recover, choose & participate.

The Collaborative aims to radically transform the outcomes experienced by people with long term and severe mental illness, who experience high levels of unemployment & poor physical health. The Collaborative have proactively engaged with people who use services since it began and have identified the following key themes as priorities for improvement: continuity of care when care is needed, effective communication between all, easy access & better information, tackling stigma and access to work & training.

Continued involvement with users & carers has helped inform the shape of the Living Well Network - the new ‘front door’ to the adult mental health support system aimed at ensuring people receive help & support much earlier to avoid crisis & the need for much more costly specialist treatment. This will enable primary care to be better connected with the wide range of resources that have been developed by the Collaborative and crucially with the wider voluntary and community sector. Running alongside this will be improvements to adult mental health services provided by South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, including a commitment to earlier intervention & a much more responsive & accessible service to patients & member practices.  So far around 800 people living with mental health concerns have benefitted from the 'new offer' of care and support.

In true collaborative style, of course, this award belongs to everyone who has contributed to making this model of engagement work. 

We would like to thank all the services users, families, professionals and community partners who work with us so that we can continue to improve the services that are offered to people living with mental health concerns. 

This was a great night for Lambeth all round as we were also runners-up in the NHS Board/Governing Body of the Year Award which went to NHS Lewisham CCG.   Being shortlisted for this award is great recognition for the work led by our local Clinical Commissioners.

Congratulations too to Caroline Harrison of Lambeth Children's service at South London & Maudsley NHS Trust who won NHS Partnership/System Leader of the Year for her work with children displaying harmful sexual behaviour.  

You can find out more about The Collaborative at