SCN Cheshire and Merseyside workplan 2013-14

This document outlines the high level work priorities for 2013-14 of the Strategic Clinical Network for Mental Health, Dementia and Neurological Conditions Cheshire and Merseyside.

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The overarching objectives of the SCN are to:

  • Raise public awareness and reduce stigma
  • To improve prevention, early diagnosis and early intervention
  • To ensure effective clinical leadership and engagement, and PPI engagement
  • To advise, inform and support CCGs and specialised commissioning
  • To ensure the delivery of continuous improvement of patient and carer outcomes that are
  • measureable
  • To deliver wide scale change which is evidence based
  • To ensure equity by reducing health inequalities

Mental Health

Mental Health work priorities include:

  • Develop a modular competency development programme for MH & Dementia
  • Improve the pathway of services for Children and young people and CAMHS
  • Ensure network wide pathways for MH specialist areas of care
  • Benchmark data to identify variations and cross cutting disparities and prioritise key interventions
  • IAPT
  • Improve mental wellbeing
  • Improve service user experience and carer support

Anticipated outcomes include:

  • Improve suicide prevention ASIST training, reducing stigma, leadership development)
  • Ensure comprehensive pathways are robust for adolescent to adult transitional services
  • T4 Psychotherapies, schizophrenia, PICU
  • Improve access to NICE stepped care interventions in primary care & reductions in exclusions  from care
  • Reduce MH inequalities (E.g. BME, veterans, homeless, offenders, disease specific inequalities)
  • Improved access to step 4 psychological therapies
  • Evidence of collaboration with Health and Wellbeing Boards aligning priorities in JSNAs
  • Improve service user and carer health and wellbeing and satisfaction


Dementia work priorities include:

  • Develop a modular competency framework for MH and Dementia
  • Raise public and professional awareness
  • Ensure timely diagnosis and support
  • Living well with dementia
  • Encourage patient participation in research
  • Improve carer support and access to crisis response

Anticipated outcomes include:

  • Reduce stigma, improve education to professional staff in acute, intermediate and community care settings
  • Establish more dementia action alliances/ dementia friends
  • Improve health checks and screening/ improved access to memory clinics
  • Improve access to care interventions across the care pathway
  • Increase access to clinical trials
  • A single point of contact for carers

Neurological conditions

Neuological conditions work priorities include:

  • Develop pathways to improve the management of epilepsy, in response to NASH (National Audit on Seizure management in Hospitals)
  • Benchmark data to identify variations, cross cutting disparities – and use this to inform priorities and strategic plans
  • Coordinated, person centred care for people with neurological conditions – shared decision making, access to good information

Anticipated outcomes include:

  • Demonstrate improved outcomes for patients
  • Reduce unplanned admissions and length of stay
  • Reach consensus on safe, evidence based and effective pathways across organisations to ensure well-coordinated care, and good clinical outcomes
  • Clear priorities and plans for the neurological conditions network, which are articulated and included in planning cycles and priorities for 14/15