20 October 2022

Evaluating the Transformation of Mental Health in Sheffield

Dr Abigail Tazzyman, in partnership with Professor Damian Hodgson from Sheffield University Management School, have worked with healthcare and voluntary sector partners to learn lessons on transforming mental health services.

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The project explores organisational and workforce changes enacted through the Sheffield Primary and Community Mental Health Transformation Programme. This Programme was initiated in Sheffield from 2020 as an early implementer of the new NHS England Community Mental Health Framework for Adults and Older Adults (CMHF), designed to transform care for people with serious mental illness who do not meet the threshold for specialist mental health care. The Sheffield Programme was a partnership between NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (SHSC), Primary Care Sheffield (PCS), Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Mind (who commissioned 6 further voluntary sector partners).

Working with Dr Abigail Tazzyman of the Sheffield Methods Institute, Professor Damien Hodgson, from Sheffield University Management School, led a process evaluation to capture learning from the Transformation Programme to refine the implementation of care and to inform the wider roll-out across the rest of Sheffield. The evaluation also sought to understand how professional and organisational boundaries were reconfigured in practice to enable more integrated mental health care, and the value of providing mental health services in this way to both service users and staff. 

More information about the project including summative final report and a shorter, key findings briefing, can be found on the Sheffield University Management School website.

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