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Mental Health Collaborative

One-in-four adults and one-in-ten children experience mental illness during their lifetime, and many more of us know and care for people who do.

We are working in partnership with two other Academic Health Science Networks to improve the quality and safety of services for people with mental health conditions through the South of England Collaborative.

Our work focuses on four key areas: medication, physical health, safe and reliable care, and leadership. In addition, we have two cross-cutting themes: delivering and co-producing person and family-centred care, and creating a culture for continuous learning and safety. These have become “the way things are done in the Collaborative”.

Visit the South of England Mental Health Quality and Patient Safety Improvement Collaborative website for learning sessions, resources and news at

In partnership with the other AHSNs, the Collaborative is led and delivered by a faculty of committed professionals.  Membership to the Collaborative is from a number of Mental Health Trusts from across the South of England.

MINDSet Quality Improvement Toolkit

The MINDSet quality improvement toolkit is funded by the West of England AHSN and NHS Improvement and has been designed with the involvement of a range of partners, with the aim of making continuous improvement in mental health easier.

The toolkit provides a range of improvement tools and handy summaries of national policy and guidance. There are also case studies demonstrating how different mental health services have used the tools, sharing their results and learning.

See photos from our launch of the toolkit at the House of Parliament.


If you have any questions about our Mental Health Collaborative please email Kevin Hunter, Associate Director for Patient Safety & Programme Delivery, at

Further resources

King’s Fund publication on Quality Improvement in Mental Health (July 2017).