Partner Organisations

Mental Health Alliance for Excellence, Resilience, Innovation and Training (MERIT)

MERIT is one of 50 pilots across the country that are exploring new models of care which will act as the blueprints for the NHS moving forward and the inspiration to the rest of the health and care system.

MERIT comprises our Trust along with Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust.

This unique mental health alliance will focus on three priority areas: Every day working in acute services, crisis care and the reduction of risk and recovery culture.

Some of the specific transformations we want to see are:
Crisis care – exploring ways to map bed management and improving access and the patient experience
Recovery – helping people to gain and stay in employment, working better with local communities, and developing a way to track quality of life
Every day services (previously known as Seven Day Working) – exploring the benefits of weekend services, and charting comparisons with best practice in similar organisations
Equality and diversity – developing a bespoke equality impact assessment to support other workstreams and exploring ways to gather improved equality data
Information technology – scoping options for a shared patient record
Quality governance – developing a mock inspection tool to develop a consistent standard, which will also support CQC inspections
Research and innovation – supplying evidence to support workstream priorities
Workforce – developing baselines for statutory training and wider workforce planning

You can find out more on the MERIT website.

Dudley Multi-specialty Community Provider

Our work with Dudley CCG, Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Dudley Council and Dudley Voluntary Services aims to develop a network of integrated, GP-led providers across health and social care.

The health and social care system in Dudley is being redesigned so those teams involved in a person’s care can work together in community teams. These new teams will include mental health workers that will work together to keep people out of hospital as much as possible in a Multi-Specialty Community provider model.

So what does this mean for patients, carers and the wider public? They will have:

  • Easier access to a wide range of care via their local GP practice
  • Better outcomes based on what’s important to them
  • Less trips to hospital as more services will be delivered in the community
  • More advice and guidance to help them make the right choices and manage their own health
  • Better access to local and voluntary groups
  • More involvement in the design of care services

As a result of the health and care system working better together in this way, patients are not only receiving the coordinated support necessary for their health needs but they are also linking to the wider network of care and social interaction in their community to help them to live more independently for longer. Find more information on the Dudley CCG website.