20 Sep 2022

Project aim

Project 1. Community engagement systems for people from ethnic minority communities to improve access to mental health care

The aim of project one is to evaluate the implementation of the Patient and Carer Race Equality Framework (PCREF) as a framework and interventions implemented within it. Learning will be shared to improve and support implementation of PCREF in other areas of England.

Each ARC and their partner organisations will have access to:

  • About £75,000 available over the course of the project to March 2024, with active implementation expected to take place between February 2023 and December 2023
  • Workshops with (an)other ARC(s) to develop implementation and evaluation plans
  • Support and advice on local implementation and evaluation
  • Support with stakeholder engagement and patient and public involvement (PPI)
  • Membership of a Community of Practice, facilitated by MHIN.

Projects 2 and 3 have not yet been launched and further information about opportunities for involvement in these projects will be communicated over the next 1-2 months.

We are interested in collaborating - what do we need to do?

We anticipate that ARCs will take responsibility for submitting an Expression of Interest on behalf of local organisations, including those from the VCSE sector. ARCs will need to:

  • With provider partners, identify the intervention being planned or implemented
  • Consider their approach to local implementation and evaluation
  •  Identify sites where implementation will happen / is happening (to note there are four NHS England pilot sites: South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, East London NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Confirm provider partners’ wish to participate in this project (senior level endorsement)

To apply to be one of our implementation partners, we would like you to provide us with the information requested on the Expression of Interest template by the extended deadline of noon on Monday 17 October 2022. (Deadline extended due to delays related to the period of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II). 

The first workshop to discuss implementation plans will be held on Tuesday 29 November, 10am-12:30pm.

Applications should be sent to: sundus.khalid@kcl.ac.uk

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