The Mental Health Strategic Partnership, in partnership with leading UK mental health charities, has released six briefings on the subject of developing better local mental health services. These briefings were commissioned by the Department of Health and build on Government’s “No Health Without Mental Health” strategy. They address the roles of Local Authorities, Commissioning Groups, Directors of Public Health, Overview and Scrutiny Committees, Local Healthwatch, and Health and Wellbeing Boards in the improvement of mental health care, treatment and support.
The Health and Wellbeing Boards briefing, entitled “No Health without Mental Health: a guide for Health and Wellbeing Boards” clarifies the role of Health and Wellbeing Boards in improving the mental health in their communities and enhancing the support offered to vulnerable and excluded members of society. Health and Wellbeing Boards have duties set out in the Health and Social Care Act and NHS Outcomes Frameworks.
No Health without Mental Health: a guide for Health and Wellbeing Boards. London: Mental Health Foundation & Mental Health Strategic Partnership, October 2012.