Healthcare innovators and leaders working with the National CLEAR Programme for Mental Health have published a report on twelve key themes to facilitate workforce redesign to better mental health services in the NHS.

Fifty colleagues with expertise in different areas of Mental Health workforce were interviewed and over sixty pieces of literature were reviewed and analysed to identify common opportunities to improve workforce design. Twelve key themes were identified which will provide a framework to enable real change in mental health services.

This research has informed the National CLEAR Programme for Mental Health, a Health Education England commissioned programme. CLEAR, which stands for Clinically-Led workforcE and Activity Redesign, provides expertise, training and modelling tools to equip clinicians with new skills to redesign workforce and care.

Kirstie Baxter, Head of Workforce Transformation at Health Education England said;

“These key themes enable us to better understand how we can support the mental health of our population through meeting workforce challenges. CLEAR allows those closest to care delivery to redesign workforce models to address the daily challenges they face.”

CLEAR projects for Mental Health will be commencing later this spring and will promote a multi-disciplinary, holistic approach to new ways of working within mental health services. Projects will run across the regions and cover individual areas of mental health including perinatal mental health, adult common mental illness (IAPT) and children and young people’s mental health.