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Mental Health

With our roots firmly planted in the mental health sector, Enable East has been involved in numerous initiatives and projects to improve Journeys-booksmental health care across the East of England and beyond. From service redesign, to mental well-being initiatives, Enable East has been at the forefront of working with all stakeholders to deliver innovative approaches in the community and services.

Being part of transforming mental health services has allowed Enable East to utilise the combined years of experience of our core staff within the mental health sector and call upon the expertise of some of our best known associates. We have been at the forefront of developing new services and support networks to ensure the most vulnerable in our society have access to the help they need. The award winning Veterans First project was the first of its kind in the country and aimed to develop an effective, integrated mental health service for former Armed Forces personnel and their carers.

Enable East is also acutely aware of the need to train others in the importance of recognising signs of mental ill health and has developed a number of training programmes to ensure that people have the skills and sensitivity required to help those that need it.

Along for the Journey

Over the last five years, Enable East has managed the Journeys Programme; a project which radically redesigned the mental health services provided by a major NHS Trust. We engaged clinical staff from across the organisation to develop a strategy to improve the experience of the service users and carers accessing the services.


Ground-breaking services for Armed Forces Veterans

Enable East played an integral role in establishing Veterans First in 2012, a veterans local community mental health service staffed by individuals with extensive experience of working with the armed forces community. Veterans First provides expert assessment of individuals with veterans status who have mental health needs and ensures that those individuals receive the care and support needed in relation to service-related conditions.


A way forward for a Local Mental Health Liaison Service

Enable East was commissioned to evaluate the pilot Mental Health Liaison Service (MHLS) of a large city hospital to consider if it should continue in its current form or whether an alternative model would be more effective. The MHLS was intended to provide a dedicated 24/7 service to the hospital’s A&E department and wards, assessing patients who may be suffering from mental ill health or dementia and refer/signpost them onto other services where appropriate.


Helping to 'Release Time to Care'

The aim of the Releasing Time to Care (RTTC) programme was to allow clinical staff more time to deliver high quality frontline services to patients. Enable East worked with staff in a mental health organisation to ensure they could carry out their RTTC commitments; questioning why work was carried out in specific ways and identifying improvements in order to streamline processes.


Working Smarter

The SMART Recovery programme at Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT) aims to implement changes to working practices across the Trust.

Enable East has provided support to the programme team at DPT to develop a range of tools to help to communicate the changes to staff. This included the document: ‘An Introduction to SMART Recovery’ explaining the planned changes and the thinking behind them.


All Together Better, Suffolk: Collaborating for effective delivery

North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (NEP) has an excellent track record of delivering high quality mental health, substance misuse and community health services. NEP is delivering well-being services in the Suffolk region through a number of initiatives as 'All Together Better Suffolk' (ATB Suffolk). ATB Suffolk brings together the combined skills and experience of two well established teams that are both part of NEP - Enable East and Health Outreach Suffolk. Both teams are rich with expertise and passion for delivering health and well-being projects to communities across the county.


Reviewing Local Specialist Care Pathways

Enable East was commissioned to deliver a report that provided information that could be used to re-engineer regional pathways to create a new integrated care pathway for patients with Personality Disorder (PD). During this project we:

  • Mapped and benchmarked existing pathways
  • Examined evidence from 11 national PD Service Pilot Sites
  • Compared data on adults with PD nationally with local activity
  • Analysed the quality of interventions currently offered in the region with national standards
  • Considered the financial details of the interventions 


Scoping the Development of Specialist Inpatient Services

Enable East was commissioned by a private provider to scope the requirements needed to transform a 30 bed care home into a secure unit providing care for female patients with a diagnosis of personality disorder.