Leadership and system transformation in mental health

In a recent blog post, ‘Re-allocating the money: who should lead on reforming mental health?‘, Helen Gilburt, Fellow, Health Policy at The King’s Fund, explores the importance of leadership and collaboration in delivering effective care and system transformation for the future.

Helen writes,

Last week saw speakers at The King’s Fund’s mental health conference tackle some of the opportunities and challenges around improving outcomes for people with mental health problems. Underpinning many of the presentations was the importance of leadership and collaboration in delivering effective care; whether this was police taking the lead in developing effective care pathways for people in a crisis; or economists and providers working to establish the effectiveness of interventions. But, what could this teach us about system transformation for the future?

Helen goes on to write,

The limitations of the current and proposed models of leadership have not gone unnoticed, and while many organisations continue to pursue an agenda of asserting their position, a minority have begun to think differently and explore new ways of working. From alliance commissioning, to the development of learning sets and use of collaborative frameworks, the key to these new approaches is that they involve collaboration. Bringing parties together enables participants to benefit from the unique skills, knowledge, roles and resources of different groups, and while this presents risks in terms of sharing information and power, the risks are shared while maximising the opportunity to use resources more effectively to improve outcomes. Importantly, these new ways of working facilitate the chance to ensure all parties are at the table, expanding the remit to public health and social care, and offering an opportunity to move from consultation to co-production with service users.

Read more on Helen’s blog Re-allocating the money: who should lead on reforming mental health?