Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) has successfully acquired a £1.4million contract which will deliver health and wellbeing services across North Manchester.
The Community Links for Health contract will see a unique partnership between GMMH, Northwards Housing, Northern Health GPPO and Pathways CIC bringing together a wealth of experience to support North Manchester residents based on the successful buzz model – which has been delivering health and wellbeing services for over 25 years.
Services will focus on a prevention approach and will aim to reduce the burden of poor health in the area. By working together, the four organisations will deliver one-to-one interventions around mental and physical health, and provide support through training and a knowledge and information service. There will also be a Stop Smoking service as well as access to drug therapies and psychological interventions.
Bridget Hughes, Head of Operations for Central and City-wide Services said: “Having worked in public health and for health and wellbeing services for many years, I am extremely proud that GMMH and its partners will be continuing and building on the excellent work and reputation buzz developed. Each organisation will bring its own unique experience and skills to North Manchester to help its residents enjoy good mental health and wellbeing and the benefits they bring in terms of employment, education and healthy relationships.”
Bev Humphrey, Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust said : “We are delighted to win this contract and we are so pleased that it focusses on keeping well – both mentally and physically, rather than waiting for people to become ill before accessing support. Time and again, we see the NHS working with third sector organisations, producing really successful outcomes for people. Mental health cannot work in isolation and maintaining good mental health and wellbeing needs the expertise and experience of different professionals from different organisations and this partnership is a prime example of this.”
Services will be delivered in locations across North Manchester in community venues such as libraries and primary care settings. Most staff will be based at the Hub in Abraham Moss Centre in Crumpsall where they will receive referrals from GPs, primary care and Neighbourhood Link Workers.