The Adult Eating Disorders Services, North West, NHS-Led Provider Collaborative ‘EmpowerED’ went live Friday 1 October.

The innovative model for designing and delivering specialised mental health services is a partnership made up of a variety of NHS and independent sector providers who are working together to drive innovation and creativity in offering truly person-centred care.Empowered.png

  • NHS Lead: Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • NHS Providers: Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Independent Sector Providers: Priory Health Care

EmpowerED is committed to driving improvements across the eating disorders patient pathway and securing services from third sector providers to support the establishment of the Experts by Experience programme to ensure people who access eating disorder services are empowered to play a full and active role in the development and delivery of these services.

Duncan Campbell, Lead for Care for EmpowerED Adult Eating Disorders said: “The name EmpowerED, designed by the service users, says so much about what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to make sure people can get easy access to help for their eating disorder by using experts by experience to find out where the barriers are for care.

“We want to empower people to seek help and get access to services sooner, to enable this, the Provider Collaborative will work in partnership more closely with services from variety of organisations across the North West to make improvements.

“This in turn will allow our clinicians to support people at home, in the community and keep people out of hospital”.

Dr Matthew Cahill, EmpowerED Adult Eating Disorders Services Clinical Lead / Consultant Psychiatrist, said: “We have a really exciting opportunity to bring everyone together across the North West to really improve Eating Disorder Services for families, people who access services and clinicians.

“The focus of EmpowerED is improving quality of services across all of the North West and working together with partners to make EmpowerED the driver for change.

“The name and identity has been co-produced with people who access Adult Eating Disorder Services and the Provider Collaborative will continue with engage to ensure they are involved in every step of the way.”

NHS-Led Provider Collaboratives mark a new era for specialised mental health, building on the success of New Care Models for tertiary mental health services. NHS-Led Provider Collaboratives will deliver care closer to home, invest in community services and drive improvements in patient outcomes and experience.

NHS-Led Provider Collaboratives are a new way of planning and providing specialist mental health, learning disability and autism services.   

The Provider Collaboratives aim to change the way services are provided with different organisations working closely together. This means that services will be provided closer to home and as much as possible out of hospital.    

The Lead Provider, in this case Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, is working with other providers to make improvements to local specialist services for people and their families.

The Provider Collaborative is working with people who use these services as well as people who deliver these services to plan what needs to change in the future.    

There are key principles which underpin the Provider Collaborative model:

  • Experts by experience and clinicians leading improvements in care pathways
  • Collaboration between Providers and across local systems
  • Managing resources across the collaborative to make sure that money is spent on support for people at or close to home and help make sure that people don’t go into hospital when they don’t need to.
  • Working with people and groups locally, including people from the voluntary and community sectors.
  • Improvements in quality, patient experience and patient outcomes driving change

The ambition of NHS-Led Provider Collaboratives is to ensure that people with a mental health need who need care experience high quality, specialist care as close to home as appropriately possible and that care is connected to their community.

Provider Collaboratives are aiming to invest in specialist care in the community to help reduce hospital admissions, unless necessary, and to enable people to leave hospital when they are ready.

If you would like to know more about Provider Collaboratives please watch the short video below by NHS England.