Mental health: recovery, crisis and prevention

Our membership scheme is designed to deliver four West Midlands-specific priorities, including mental health: recovery, crisis and prevention.

The priority is a region-wide approach to the effective management of mental health crisis, reducing pressure on the system and improving outcomes. One of the main mechanisms for delivering this priority is the Rapid, Assessment, Interface and Discharge (RAID) programme. RAID is a specialist multidisciplinary mental health service, working within all acute hospitals in Birmingham, for people aged over 16. The aim is to spread the benefits of the RAID Psychiatric Liaison model in acute care across the West Midlands and beyond through greater understanding of the service, its benefits and barriers to their realisation.

The planned outcomes are:

  • An evaluation review to clarify how benefits can be assured, and how variation of the RAID model can help or hinder better health outcomes.
  • Dementia and self-harm e-learning, tailored for acute trust staff.
  • A national RAID Network to support organisations and individuals who are using/planning to use Psychiatric Liaison models, supported by a website and newsletter.

In the longer term, the priority will work with members across the region to agree priorities for improving prevention and recovery in mental health crisis care and services, to raise the profile of examples of innovation and to develop new ways of improving quality, effectiveness and efficiency of mental health services in the West Midlands.

In order to deliver on the mental health: recovery, crisis and prevention priority, there are seven enabling themes, all of which are on offer to WMAHSN members:

West Midlands Mental Health Innovation Network

The overall aim of the West Midlands Mental Health Innovation Network is to support the sharing and adoption of innovation in mental health at scale and pace across the region, with a view to demonstrating improvements in health and increased wealth. 

Mental health: recovery, crisis and prevention opportunities for innovation

All members have full access to WMAHSN’s opportunities for innovation process, which is delivered through the Meridian online health innovation exchange and allows them to propose innovative solutions to deliver on the mental health crisis care priority area and which may need investment to spread at scale and pace across the region.


These include programmes under the previous mental health priority. 


The Clinical Lead for the mental health: recovery, crisis and prevention is Dr Peter Lewis. To discuss this priority, please contact Sarah Appleby, ​Mental Health Programme Lead, on, 0121 371 8061 or 07733 310617. ​