Northern England Strategic Clinical Networks

Mental Health & Dementia Network

The Mental Health & Dementia  Network builds on the success of the previous Mental Health Network and works closely with the Dementia Alliances.

The Network is made up of members from a wide range of specialisms across all related conditions who share a common aim of wanting to improve patient experience and outcomes.

The Network is always developing and welcomes anyone who has an interest in improving the care for those experiencing poor mental health or dementia to get involved.

Primary objectives:

  • Identify and reduce health inequalities in this population
  • Improve access to and quality of services
  • Promote the principles of good mental health and well being
  • Achieve clinical excellence in care by identifying innovative effective practice and supporting its implementation across the Network
  • Actively engage patient, user, carer and public views to inform and shape our work
  • Develop and implement evidence based pathways of care.

Network Manager:

Suzanne Thompson

Mental Health & Dementia Clinical Leads:

  • Mental Health  – Dr Angus Bell
  • Dementia – Dr Louise Allan
  • Mental Health – Dr Philippa Bolton
  • Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) – Dr Guy Dodgson (Regional – for Cumbria & North East)
  • Children & Young People’s Mental Health – Dr Ruth Andrews & Dr Lynne Howey
  • Psychological Therapy – Dr Angela Kennedy
  • Perinatal Mental Health – Dr Andrew Cairns

Due to a substantial reduction in funding for the Clinical Networks this year, we have been directed to focus on a reduced number of national priorities. Neurological conditions is not one of our 2016/17 priorities and as such we are unable to provide administrative or project management support to the neurological conditions groups.

We want to take this opportunity to commend the work of these groups between the period 2013 – 2016 and we have compiled a document of their achievements which is available via the link below. The groups continue to meet and contacts can be provided if required.

Neurological Conditions Legacy Document