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Mental health contracts in Bristol awarded

9th June 2014

Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group has decided who will deliver its mental health services for the next five years.

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Bristol's mental healthcare will be provided by a group of 18 organisations under a system that has not been seen before in the UK (at least at this size).

This group of organisations are led by the company who were solely in charge before, Avon and Wiltshire Partnership (AWP). Now the responsibility has been shared with nine voluntary organisations under the new consortium Mental Health Bristol (MHB).

Mental Health Bristol

MHB will now be responsible for providing most of the services, as well as becoming the "system leader". This role is to ensure a coordinated service between individual members and represent further providers, such as a dementia wellbeing service and a mental health employment service.

The winning bidders were the preferred choice for six weeks before the announcement and have been working on the detail of how the system would work.

The idea of the new system came from Modernising Mental Health (MMH) - a programme initiated by Bristol Primary Care Trust in response to previous concerns over the quality of services previously provided in the city by AWP alone.

Melanie Cornish, programme director for MMH, said the system had been chosen because they promised the services users and local GPs a radically different approach with a much-needed improvement to services.

"The CCG feels an absolute responsibility to the people of Bristol to ensure that it now works."

Mental Health Bristol also gained control over community mental health services and community rehabilitation services.


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