Mental Health

Mental Health

Welcome to our collection of resources on quality improvement in mental health care. Have a suggestion for a new resource or want to share some feedback? Let us know here.

Highlighted resources


Community mental health survey 2019

Results from the 2019 community mental health survey show many of those areas identified as in need of improvement in 2018 have declined further, continuing the negative trend of results consistently declining over the 2014 – 2019 period.


National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health – Annual Report 2019

The 2019 annual report from the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (NCISH) provides findings relating to people who died by suicide in 2007-2017 across all UK countries. Additional findings are presented on the number of people convicted of homicide, and those under mental health care.


Project two: Mental health problems and persistent back and neck pain

From September 2018 to October 2019, the Q Lab and Mind worked in partnership to explore how care could be improved for people living with both mental health problems and persistent back and neck pain.

Highlighted Mental Health Videos

This moving and hopeful film shows how mental health patients are empowered through peer support to become students of their own recovery, self-managing anxiety, depression and long-term mental illness.

With Your Health in Mind a mental health team in Salford, have been working on a health improvement project using the Plan, Do, Study, Act improvement approach, to build on existing physical health checks, reduce variation and most importantly improve health outcomes for people with serious mental illness.

Blog posts

Clinician wellbeing has become a luxury rather than a basic human need

As we reach the end of the year and look back, there’s a sense that clinician wellbeing has been at the heart of what mattered in 2019 when it came to how we manage our health services.

That’s probably no great surprise, not least in the wake of the publication in November of the watershed independent report, Caring for doctors, caring for patients, by Michael West and Denise Coia.

At a time when so many doctors still feel that wellbeing is a luxury rather than a basic human need, the report’s headline finding was arrestingif you’re an NHS worker in England, you’re at a 50% higher risk of stress so severe it would be described as “debilitating”…

Rosanna Bevan: The forgotten children at Christmas

At Christmas, children’s wards and hospitals are inundated with gifts—from the public, community organisations, and private companies. Yet, some children who are in hospital over Christmas, are not in children’s wards or children’s hospitals, but in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) inpatient units. CAMHS units rarely receive donations of Christmas gifts; and if they do, it’s a tiny proportion of those received by children’s wards in acute hospitals…

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