Advancing Mental Health Equality Improvement Collaborative

The Royal College of Psychiatrists are excited to be launching a brand new quality improvement collaborative aimed at supporting mental health care providers to reduce mental health inequalities in their local areas. This collaborative, part of the RCPsych Equality Action Plan, is a fantastic opportunity for organisations to access expert support and guidance to tackle a difficult but extremely important area in the push for better mental health care for all. 

Participating organisations will receive support to implement the Advancing Mental Health Equality resource using a tried and tested quality improvement methodology. Organisations that subscribe to the programme will receive:

  • Support to identify where to begin making changes and to begin implementing methods to produce meaningful change 
  • Support to improve the rigor of their equality data collection and integrity, allowing improved accountability 
  • Support to coproduce and collaborate with local communities 
  • Access to a community of people who have, and are developing, expertise in advancing equality and problem solving 
  • Access to a network of professionals who working together to achieve greater mental health equality in their local areas 
  • Support to evaluate what has been implemented and celebrate successes
  • Support to fulfil their equality obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and to meet requirements made by the Care Quality Commission 

Registrations for expressions of interest are open!

If your organisation is interested in participating in this exciting new programme, please complete an online expression of interest form. This information will allow the programme team to assess the viability of the programme, based on a minimum level of interest, and ensure that your organisation receives information on how to formally register to take part when this process opens. 

If you have any questions, please contact the team at

AMHE Collaborative Q&A Session – 24 March 2021

Below you can watch a session we held for senior leaders of organisations providing mental health care across England and the Devolved Nations, to find out more about the upcoming Advancing Mental Health Equality Improvement Collaborative and ask any questions ahead of the registration period. Speakers include Adrian James, Shubulade Smith and Amar Shah.

Frequently asked questions

Mental health providers across the UK, both private and NHS-funded, will be eligible to apply to join the collaborative. Further details on additional eligibility requirements will be confirmed at a later date.

Providers will receive detailed support from the collaborative team to develop a strategy and implementation plan. Additional support will then be delivered over a minimum of three years, enabling the provider to effectively institute AMHE in their organisation. Organisations receiving this level of support will have access to learning events that will provide them with the opportunity to share their work with others undertaking the implementation of AMHE and grow through the shared learning of others.

Details on the cost of a subscription to the collaborative will be confirmed by mid- March 2021.