There is an array of good practice and emerging innovation in the field of mental health, however, all too often the benefits remain unleashed or localised. In this era of constrained finances and workforce challenges, there is an urgent need for real world testing, evaluation and benefits realisation of either new or already locally tested work to allow for faster spread and adoption.
AHSNs are uniquely placed to drive this agenda across large populations. However, to do this, clinicians and commissioners need to have robust support and evaluation to back them in improving service provision and outcomes for patients.
Over the coming months we will be supporting the NHS and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) working in the field of technology and mental health to establish four mental health demonstrator sites across Wessex: offering real world testing, evaluation and support for scale-up of emerging innovations.