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In February 2020, NHS England published a new Community Mental Health Framework (CMHF), which is a 3 year NHS programme aiming to improve care for people with Severe Mental Illness (SMI). In Derbyshire this new way to offer holistic health and wellbeing support is called ‘Living Well Derbyshire’.

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, voluntary sector organisations, local authorities, the CCG and those with a lived experience of mental health illness, and their carers, have been working collaboratively to create transformative new service models for local communities across the city and the county.

Living Well Derbyshire is focussed on helping local people recover from mental health illness within the community and aims to offer more accessible support for people’s mental health and wellbeing. For more information on the new way in which we are delivering services to local communities, and for information on how to get involved in shaping the way in which we do this please visit www.livingwellderbyshire.org.uk.

How to get involved

Each local area has a collaborative, which is a group comprising made up of commissioners, providers, the statutory sector, the voluntary sector, local authority and people with lived experience of mental health - all working together on behalf of the wider system to reimagine the future of community mental health and look after the health and wellbeing of our local community. They meet once a month to discuss how Living Well can be supported by the system and local communities, as well as issues such as tackling health inequalities.

The collaboratives are a valuable asset to the Living Well programme. Partners who have an interest in health in their local area are welcome to join the meetings. To find out more, please contact Ellen Parr, Commissioning Manager, by emailing ellen.parr1@nhs.net