West Midlands Mental Health Commission

Why focus on mental health?
  • Significant driver of demand for public services
  • Has a negative impact on productivity
  • Oppurtunity to improve outcomes for people
  • Covers the population of the three combined authority local enterprise partnerships:
    • 7 metropolitan councils: Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley, Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry
    • Reaching into South Staffordshire, North Worcestershire, Warwickshire
  • Focus predominantly on working age population but recognise importance of getting foundations right in childhood
  • Make recommendations for transformation within the current resource envelope
Terms of Reference
  • Assess scale of issue in WM, cost, impact on public services, economy, communities
  • Review research and best practice. Establish costs and benefits of application to WM
  • Identify, consider outcome from WM work to improve mental health and wellbeing
  • Recommendations to Government and Combined Authority on:
    • How public services can be transformed to reduce impact of poor mental health and wellbeing, within resources
    • How resources currently spent on mental ill health can be re-directed to keep people mentally well and enable recovery
    • Potential for, content of, devo deal for mental health and wellbeing
    • Outcomes to be delivered
Key milestones
  • December 2015 - First Commission meeting held and call for evidence including Government and regional/local partners
  • January 2016 - Review evidence and agree cost benefit analysis
  • March 2016 - Commission holds listening event(s)
  • April 2016 - Report drafted
  • May 2016 - Draft recommendations shared with Government
  • January 2017 - Commission reviews and finalises report
  • January 2017 - Commission launches report
Commission Membership
  • Norman Lamb MP, Chair of the Commission
  • Prof Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England
  • Prof Swaran Singh, Head of Mental Health & Wellbeing Division, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick
  • Steve Gilbert, Serious Mental Illness Lived Experience Consultant
  • Dr Geraldine Strathdee, Former National Clinical Director Mental Health, NHS England
  • Craig Dearden Phillips, Chief Executive and Founder, Stepping Out
  • Steve Shrubb, Former NHS Mental Health Trust Chief Executive and Director of the NHS Confederation, Mental Health Network
  • Dame Carol Black, Advisor to Government on Employment and Health, and Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge
  • Paul Anderson, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank, Birmingham
  • Karen Turner, Director of Mental Health, NHS England

Combined Authority Leader Champion, Councillor Pete Lowe, Dudley MBC

Other attendees at Commission meetings:

  • Sarah Norman, Lead Chief Executive, Dudley MBC and lead officer of the Commission
  • Steve Appleton, Managing Director, Contact Consulting - secretariat to the Commission
  • Superintendent Sean Russell, Mental Health lead for West Midlands Police and Commission Implementation Director
  • Dr Paul Turner, Clinical Commissioning Lead at Birmingham South Central CCG
  • Simon Gilby, Chief Executive of Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Steering Group

We established a steering group to ensure we remained in touch with the views of the community and of local public services, and to give advice about how best to provide additional support to people living with with mental ill health.

The steering group consists of representatives of the local NHS, both provider and commissioning sectors, adult social care, housing associations, third sector groups, a local representative of the Department for Work and Pensions and the police.