North West Coast Clinical Networks

North West Coast Clinical Networks support commissioning of high quality, outcomes focused, value for money mental health services for people living in Cheshire and Merseyside.

The overarching objectives of the Networks 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

Our work

Our Mental Health Network priorities for 2013-14 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

Find out more about the North West Coast Clinical Networks at and follow them on Twitter @cmscnSenate.

Who’s who

Associate Director
Jan Vaughan,

Clinical Director
Dr. David Fearnley,

Strategic Clinical Networks Manager
William Greenwood,

Mental Health Programme Manager
Elaine Owen,

Find out more about the Cheshire and Merseyside SCN at and follow them on Twitter @cmscnSenate.