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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

What is a Provider Collaborative?

There is a national requirement that specialised services for people with a serious mental health condition should be integrated into Provider Collaboratives (PCs).

Provider Collaborative’s improve services and outcomes for patients based on these core principles:

  • Collaboration between Providers and across local systems
  • Experts by Experience and clinicians leading improvements in care pathways
  • Managing resources across the COLLABORATIVE to invest in community alternatives and reduce in- appropriate admissions/care away from home
  • Working with local stakeholders
  • Improvements in quality, patient experience and outcomes driving change
  • Advancing equality for the local population


REACH OUT is the Provider Collaborative for our region and was selected by NHS England in 2017 to be a pilot site for the adult secure new care models to improve the experience of service users by providing care closer to home, in the least restrictive setting possible.

The partnership brings together clinical expertise, experience, and innovation, aiming to improve quality, use resources most effectively, and deliver best practice consistently to patients.

The partners are separate mental health providers but work together in areas of specialised mental health care as Reach Out, to commission and introduce new clinically led services which are delivered either locally or at West Midlands-wide level.

As a provider COLLABORATIVE, Reach Out will be able to continue to deliver services that deliver improved outcomes. Reach Out is also strengthening partnerships across healthcare, local government and the third sector at borough level, to develop and deliver highly localised services.

Reach Out aims to:

  • Minimise unnecessary variation
  • Improve quality and outcomes
  • Address inequalities and improving patient experience and outcomes
    • Reduced time to assessment & waiting times for admission
    • Increased person-centred care and peer support
    • Improved recovery and life opportunities
    • More responsive and inclusive services
    • Improved pathway cohesion and reduced transition

  • Create flow through
    • Clinically appropriate admissions, provide alternative to admissions
    • Reduction in length of stay

  • Reduce out of area placements
  • Improve efficiency to innovate and further improve