People who use mental health and learning disability services across the Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield areas will be amongst the first in the country to benefit from a new scheme.

The South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust has been selected as one of only four Trusts in the country to be a Mental Health Improvement Partnership (MHIP) pilot site.

The Mental Health Improvement Partnership programme aims to improve every service user’s experience of mental health and learning disability services through partnership working.

The partnerships will include all parts of the mental health system (including commissioners of services, statutory and independent sector providers of services and service user and carer representatives), local Strategic Health Authorities, the National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE) and the Modernisation Agency.

Judith Young, Chief Executive of the Trust said, ‘We are absolutely delighted to be chosen as a pilot site which will lead to benefits for our service users. As a pilot site will work alongside and receive support from partners to redesign the way services are delivered at all stages of care. The outcome will be to develop more user-centred services, leading to mental health organisations that are increasingly driven by the choices and needs of the people who use services, their family and carers.’


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