David Cameron's speech of 11 January highlighted mental health as a top priority and announced additional investment in mental health support and treatment.

HSMC in partnership with the Centre for Mental Health and NHS Benchmarking ran a masterclass for mental health commissioners and their partners,  in the West Midlands  this week. The focus of the masterclass was to enable commissioners to get up to speed on the data,  evidence and economic analysis for effective interventions to improve mental health outcomes. The masterclass was opened by Dr Karen Newbigging, from HSMC,  who emphasised how timely the event was because of the work of the West Midlands Mental Health Commission and would enable commissioners to make the most of the additional investment.

Participants heard a range of presentations, with a keynote from Dr Geraldine Strathdee, National Clinical Director for Mental Health, and  were given a detailed analysis against key performance indicators for their area.

19 January 2016

20 January 2016

There is scope to run the masterclass in other areas, and you can find out more by contacting K.V.Newbigging@bham.ac.uk