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, to allow for faster spread and adoption of proven innovations.
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.
Wessex AHSN's Mental Health Innovation Support Programme offers innovator support and evaluation expertise, enabling local organisations to understand how things work in practice and the potential impact on front line care.