Advancing Mental Health Equality Collaborative: wave 2

The National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH) are delighted to announce the launch of wave 2 of the Advancing Mental Health Equality (AMHE) Collaborative.

Wave 2 of this groundbreaking collaborative offers a unique opportunity to tackle mental health inequality in your locality supported by the expertise of the NCCMH in quality improvement and co-production.

We welcome applications for organisations to join this latest wave of the AMHE Collaborative. Organisations in wave 2 will work alongside the 16 teams taking part in wave 1, with joint learning events every quarter, and therefore have a rich set of learning resources to use.

Timeline for wave 2

The key dates for the launch of this wave of the collaborative are as follows:

  • Expression of interest opens on 1 June. This will be open for a month and presents an opportunity for you to learn more about the collaborative and submit an expression of interest to join.
  • Q&A session on 27 June. Here you can find out more about the collaborative with speakers including Dr Adrian James, Dr Shubulade Smith, Dr Amar Shah and a team participating in wave 1.
  • Formal registration opens on 4 July. If you wish to join the collaborative and begin to work to tackling mental health inequality in your local area, you can register to join the collaborative from this date.
  • Launch of Wave 2 on 10 October. This will be when wave 2 of AMHE collaborative formally begins.

Wave 1

Participating organisations in wave 1 (that launched in summer 2021), have been supported by a dedicated team of quality improvement coaches to start implementing the AMHE resource using evidence-based quality improvement methodologies.

Organisations have been supported to identify groups at risk of experiencing inequalities in accessing mental health services and in the experience and outcomes of receiving care.

The teams leading the work in each organisation are now being supported to engage with the populations identified in their local communities to determine their needs and what support they tend to access in their local community. They will then work with the populations to identify ideas to test to improve access, experience and outcomes.

Resources and further help

If you wish to see more about the work of organisations participating in wave 1, including some of the populations identified and progress made so far, please see our AMHE Collaborative resources page where you can find recordings of presentations delivered by teams at our quarterly learning sets.

If you have questions please do get in touch via AMHE@rcpsych.ac.uk or direct message us on Twitter at @NCCMentalHealth.