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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness


South West Mental Health Alliance


It was agreed by the South West Division Executive Committee that because of all the changes to the NHS it would be advantageous to set up a South West Mental Health Alliance.

The aim was to form an alliance of stakeholders to ensure provision of best possible mental health and learning disability services in the southwest. 


94 people attended the launch event on 17 June.  The day was organised to bring interested parties to talk and hear about setting up an Alliance in the South West to be at the forefront of ensuring the future of good mental health and learning disability services in a changing NHS.


With stimulating speakers and lively discussion groups the day was thought provoking and culminated in a group discussion of how to form the new alliance, its role and aims for the future.


It was unanimously agreed that we should form a region wide organisation possibly linking in with the emerging NHS structures including managed clinical networks.


A small working group is now set up to take this initiative into the next stage.


August 2011 Newsletter

February 2012 Newsletter


The following are the PowerPoint Presentations given at the meeting:


Steve Shrub, Director, Mental Health Network, NHS Confederation


Dr Susan O'Connor, Senior Clinical Advisor Mental Health, Department of Health


Anthony Farnsworth, Chief Executive, Torbay NHS Care Trust


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