Little is known about the extent to which CCGs are involving people with experience of mental illness in the commissioning of mental health services | Rethink
CCGs told us that with enormous pressure on resources and very full remits, it was difficult to prioritise implementing new ways to involve experts-by-experience.
Information gathered by Rethink Mental Illness through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, in which 196 out of 209 CCGs responded, uncovered that:
- Only 15% of CCGs who responded told us they had used a co-production approach at least once in mental health commissioning
- Only 1% of CCGs explicitly stated an ambition for co-production in mental health that was aligned to the vision in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health – that co-production will be a standard approach to commissioning.
- Only 14% of CCGs had plans to do more to involve people with experience of mental illness in their work.
Rethink Mental Illness’ research showed that there are some good examples of CCGs involving people with experience of mental illness in the design of services. CCGs told us that co-producing services has ensured focus on the day-to-day experience of people who use services.
This report recommends that bodies such as NHS England provide national leadership, advice and support for CCGs, and hold CCGs to account by establishing mechanisms to monitor progress. It also recommends that CCGs use tools such as the Rethink Mental Illness ‘Commissioners Co-production Grid’, and NSUN’s 4PIs to facilitate steps towards embedding co-production as the norm.
Full report here