The Mental Health Strategic Partnership, with top UK mental health charities, has released six briefings on better local mental health services. These briefings, commissioned by the Department of Health, explain the Government’s “No Health Without Mental Health” strategy. They cover 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 “Overview and scrutiny committees briefing” looks at the role of members of Overview and Scrutiny Committees. Councillors often meet people at risk of, or experiencing, mental health problems; for example during surgeries, casework and community activity. Members of Overview and Scrutiny Committees have the opportunity to influence their council’s strategic approach to mental health.
No Health without Mental Health: a guide for overview and scrutiny committees. London: Mental Health Foundation & Mental Health Strategic Partnership, October 2012.