A Salford programme has been recognised for its outstanding contribution to healthcare.
Living Well Salford is a service for people with mental health problems that are too complex for primary care but don’t meet criteria for secondary care mental health services. This group of people often had no support or were unable to access support until they reached crisis point.
Salford’s Living Well offer was developed over three years and involved people with lived experience, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Start; the arts based mental health charity, Mind in Salford and Six Degrees Social Enterprise, Salford’s Primary Care Networks, Salford CCG and Salford City Council, working alongside community social prescribing offers such as Wellbeing Matters. Together they designed and delivered a personalised support service that started in one area of Salford and is now being rolled out across the city, following the approval of a £3 million business case in early 2022.
The Living Well offer includes peer support workers, mental health practitioners and recovery workers to work with people on a one to one basis to identify and meet goals for improved mental health.
The programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, was one of three national sites involved in the national Living Well Programme, managed by the Innovation Unit.
Tom Stannard, Salford’s Place-based Lead at Greater Manchester Integrated Care said:
“The announcement that Living Well Salford has been shortlisted for the HSJ awards, in the category of Mental Health Innovation of the Year is incredibly exciting and is a testament to the hard work of the partners implementing the offer.
Living Well Salford has been a true reflection of the spirit of Salford, with partners working together to co-design and co-produce an offer to meet the needs of people who were previously not getting the support they needed. Salford is proud to be at the forefront of designing new models of mental health support, and this work will inform our wider community mental health transformation plans as we look forward to embedding Living Well Salford across the whole city.”
Tammy Young, Service Manager at Living Well Salford, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust said:
“Living Well Salford is a new and innovative approach that has been co-designed with service users, voluntary organisations, local authority, health, and mental health service providers.
“I’m incredibly proud of the team and the way we have worked together with our local communities to create this service. There’s a real spirit of community and togetherness, where all stakeholders are valued equally and their views shape the way we do things."
The selected winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at the Battersea Evolution Centre, London on November 17th 2022.