Recommendations - mental



1.      The comprehensive evidence base of what works to promote mental health and wellbeing in communities should be used by the range of partnerships that operate within the Local Strategic Partnerships and Cambridgeshire Together structures when developing and commissioning strategies and plans.  Effective interventions for promoting mental health apply throughout the life-course and can be most effective in childhood because of the impact on a range of outcomes throughout life. The Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Tool[1] can be used to ensure that a programme maximises its positive impact.


2.      Strengthen and extend partnership working to promote mental health and wellbeing, and provide responsive services by:


  • Obtaining views of local stakeholders on all changes to mental health services to ensure they are patient-centred and socially inclusive.
  • Working with GP Commissioning Clusters to ensure equitable provision and targeting of mental health services based on needs assessments that identify the areas and populations at greatest need.


3.      NHS organisations and the Local Authority should take a lead role and work in partnership to ensure a healthy workplace for their own and partner organisations.


4.      Ensure equitable access to services and mental health promotion for vulnerable groups by:

  • Reviewing and implementing where appropriate the recommendations of the Bradley Report[2] to reduce inequalities experienced by prisoners.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of alcohol pilots within A&E, homeless shelters and police stations in improving equitable access for vulnerable groups.
  • Explore best methods to engage with the Travelling communities.


5.      Review the availability of counselling services for groups where evidence shows greatest benefit to include:

  • Applying learning and experience from the 14-19s IAPT pilot to implement a 'transition' service for primary care mental health


  • Ensure seamless service for those who do not meet criteria for the IAPT or secondary care services but can benefit from provision of "talking therapies".


[1] Improving Mental Wellbeing through Impact Assessment, National Mental Health Development Unit, Improving Mental, 2009.

[2] Lord Bradley's review of people with mental health problems or learning disabilities in the criminal justice system.