NHCP’s Mental Health Programme Executive Group has recently met for the second time.

The meeting involved a discussion on ‘Finding my Place – Wellbeing at Home’, exploring how housing circumstances and living conditions impact upon mental and emotional wellbeing, and other related health and care needs.

The discussion highlighted a need for further investigation, and it was agreed that a request would be made to partner organisations across our health and care sectors for information and data to support this.

As part of the Mental Health Resilience Working Group’s response to the pandemic, Northamptonshire has approved a voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) COVID relief fund to help colleagues in our voluntary and community organisations to stabilise and prepare for an expected increase in mental health need following the relaxation of social distancing rules.

The fund has several schemes offering support in different areas, including tackling waiting lists, improved support for mental health carers and improved infrastructure to lock in COVID innovations, such as digital therapies, for example.

The Adult and Older People’s Mental Health Outcomes-Based Collaborative Contract has accelerated its planning process, with an aim to have a final version ready before 1 October 2021. A ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document has been published and copies can be requested by emailing morgan.price1@nhs.net.