We bring together world class clinical, academic and industry experts across the North of England in the field of mental health through the NHSA’s Northern Mental Health Network.
Convened by the NHSA, the network coordinates activities at a northern level, facilitates knowledge sharing, seeks funding for pan-northern initiatives and raises visibility of the North’s excellence in the field of mental health to Government, health policy makers, industry and international collaborators.
The Northern Mental Health Network has over 80 registered members, including representation from all the northern mental health trusts and the majority of our university members. We have recently engaged regional and national organisations such as the national NIHR Mental Health Implementation Network (MHIN), the northern NIHR ARCs, NIHR CRNs, and selected northern ICP mental health leads.
With input from the network, the NHSA has produced a roadmap for establishing a Northern Innovation Accelerator for Mental Health (NIAMH). This Accelerator will focus on attracting national and international companies to the North, bringing their mental health innovations for evaluation and potential adoption. The concept of, and roadmap for, a northern Accelerator for Mental Health innovation is gaining traction and Phase One of the Accelerator was launched in March 2023, with an initial focus on Yorkshire and Humber, with the first phase being led by Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust.