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Reach Out partnership – innovation in secure care

Welcome to the Reach Out site. Reach Out is the West Midlands Provider Collaborative (PC) for adult secure mental health services. You will find news of the Collaborative’s work and how it is improving the outcomes for its service users on these pages. Our vision and values can be found here.

Exceptional work by staff across the five West Midlands adult secure providers has been recognised by NHS England with the great news that together we are to take on commissioning responsibility for an annual c£140million budget for some of the West Midland’s most vulnerable patients from 1st October 2021.

This transfer of commissioning responsibly is in line with national policy and underpins delivery of the ambitions set out in the Long-Term Plan for the NHS. The move to regional Provider Collaboratives sees the planning, quality assurance and delivery of Adult Secure Services, including Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism, devolved to partnerships of local providers. Reach Out is a partnership between the five providers of secure inpatient care in the West Midlands with the aim of improving the delivery of low and medium secure mental health care for adults across a vast geography. 

People with learning disabilities and autism (LDA), were previously governed under the Transforming Care Programme (TCP) and are now included in the Collaborative’s commissioning responsibilities. Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust is the Lead Partner for this cohort and aims to ensure all hospitals are working together as well as working closely with the local Integrated Care Systems (ICS) to ensure the community is fit for purpose. 

Unnecessary admissions, especially out of area, will be minimised and enhanced liaison with CAMHS will be implemented.

Who’s who of the collaborative can be found here.