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Winter Edition of the Living Well Consortium Newsletter

Welcome to the winter edition of the Living Well Consortium newsletter

It gives us great pleasure to share with you our latest news. 

Congratulations Living Well Consortium

Following the successful completion of our ISO Certification, we are pleased to share with our members our certificate for ISO 9001:2001

The mark of confidence;
a) we at Living Well Consortium have demonstrated our ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and

b) aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

c) demonstrated links between audits, management reviews and continuous improvement for all parties in the organisation.


MHTR: Birmingham is one of the five test-bed sites across the UK

Hooded man with head between his kneesThe Mental Health Treatment Requirement (MHTR), is a form of sentence (Community Order) that a court can give to an individual due to the offending act and includes providing psychological support – counselling to reduce offending behaviour and meet the individual’s needs.

It is one of the three of Community Sentences that provide treatment along with Alcohol Treatment Requirement (ATR) and Drug Treatment Requirement.  However, until 2016 only 0.3% of all Community Orders have been MHTR’s, which is considered to be too low in relation to need.

As a result, the Ministry of Justice through local Steering Groups is attempting to re-form MHTR’s so that more people are sentenced with an MHTR and avoid unnecessary custodial sentencing. Thus, the Birmingham’s Mental Health Treatment Requirement is newly funded and is of the five test-beds across the UK along with Plymouth, Northampton, Milton Keynes and Sefton.

Thus, the data collected are shared with the Ministry of Justice where an analysis of the data from all test-beds will determine whether the project can be implemented in a wider scale across the nation.

Birmingham’s MHTR is a multi-agency project where services across the first and third sector involved with justice, safety and protection are included.

It is commissioned by NHS England Health and Justice, West Midlands Police Mental Health Commission, West Midlands Joint Commissioning Team, which are responsible to supervise, enhance and expand projects aimed to support people with mental health issues in justice settings, improve social and health outcomes.

National Board Members from the Community Sentences Treatment Requirements are actively involved with the project with the aim to include and establish the MHTR as an option for community sentencing. The project is contracted by the Living Well Consortium and lead by Health Exchange to project manage and coordinate.

Liaison and Diversion of BSMHFT services are a crucial part of the project as they identify, assess and refer individuals with mental health issues to the project.

USE-IT: The New Health Consortium

Group of people sitting round a table during a meetingAs part of the USE-IT (Unlocking Social and Economic Innovation Together) project, Health Exchange is facilitating the development of a Health Consortium that will serve the Ladywood, Soho and Smethwick wards of Birmingham.

The consortium will form part of a place-based stream of development that aims to improve the prospects and wellbeing of the local population. It will focus on tackling health inequalities through empowering its citizen’s ability to sustain take control of their own health and wellbeing and help bridge the gap between assets and opportunities.

The aim of the consortium is to build on the capacity and knowledge base of third sector organisations to deliver a range of holistic health services at the point of need. The areas of support are predominantly focused on mental health, social prescribing, carers and social care, wellbeing, supporting primary care and building a community infrastructure around the new hospital.

The Health Consortium is open to organisations of all sizes and stages of development and will be able to support smaller organisations to grow and expand within its framework.

We are currently taking application, for information please contact Health Exchange on 0121 663 0007.

LWC Success to Date

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IAPT logoFrom April 2017- End of December 2017

3072 young people who are 14+ have accessed psychological therapies (FTB) with a recovery rate of 52% – Slightly above the national expectation of 50%

2342 adults have accessed our psychological therapies (Adult IAPT service) with a 58% recovery rate.


Service User Feedback

“When I came to you I couldn’t see the wood for the trees. It really helped me to talk to you. I now understand my thoughts and anxiety better and know what to do to distract myself and cope better, You’ve made me realise that I am important too and need to look after myself in order to help others in my family. I am now teaching family members how to cope better too. I’m so pleased I came for help.”,

“I’ve turned a corner and you’ve helped me to do this. I’m looking at things differently now.”

“I am feeling much better and less anxious now. I don’t react to things in the same way. Someone told me I look physically better also. I am happy with the service I have had.”

Next Bulletin: April 2018

  • New contracting opportunities
  • Crisis Café
  • Meet our new CEO at Living Well Consortium
  • Introduction to the New CEO at Health Exchange
  • Service information FTB /IAPT

Contact Us

Living Well Consortium

Avoca Court

23 Moseley Road
Birmingham B12 0HJ
Tel: 0121 663 1217
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