Midlothian Wellbeing Interventions Network (MWIN)
MWIN has a remit to support improved options and choices for people experiencing, or vulnerable to developing, mental health problems. A significant aspect of this is the development of information resources. MWIN thus sought funding to develop a local mental health and wellbeing website –Midspace – which will play a significant role in improving informed choice and access to services. A multi-agency MWIN convened steering group oversees the development of Midspace.
1. Aims and Guiding Principles
Mission Statement: MWIN is a multi-agency network that brings together stakeholders from the services that provide social, psychological and other interventions that impact on mental health. The network promotes the quality of services in Midlothian and the development of a more holistic approach to mental health issues where the person is very much at the centre of the process.
At present the majority of people with mental health problems do not receive input from specialist mental health services. Most are managed in primary care or do not access services at all. By far the largest group are those people who have mild to moderate mental health problems. This group, together with the wider population, will be the main target population for the network. The providers within the network will, however, be responsible for the provision and/or support of psychological and other interventions at all levels of the mental health service.
The network supports the co-ordination and development of services for people with mild to moderate mental health problems, those “at risk” of developing problems and promotion and prevention strategies for the wider population.
This will be done through community based services, and supporting primary care teams in their management of people with mental health problems. The Network will create opportunities for participants to develop services in partnerships and will encourage flexibility across agencies and dimensions of need.
2. Key Work Strands
MWIN activities support the realisation of the Midlothian Mental Health strategy. There are four key MWIN work strands - each has an overall aim and a number of areas of activity:
i) Promotion and Prevention
Overall aim: Promote mental health and wellbeing for Midlothian residents, and support the prevention of common mental health problems.
Example activities: Improve mental health literacy through: holding regular ‘Understanding mental health and wellbeing’ events for the Midlothian community; supporting the development of Midspace website.
ii) Training and Learning
Overall aim: Support learning and training on mental health related issues in Midlothian
Example activities: Promote and facilitate roll out of national and local training and learning events; coordinate and deliver regular seminars on evidence-based approaches/interventions.
iii) Evidence-based interventions
Overall aim: Support the coordination and development of a range of social, psychological and physical interventions
Example activities: Carry out mapping exercises and identify gaps in service provision; support the development of ‘matched care’ initiatives such as Guided Self-Help, Healthy Reading and other evidence-based services.
iv) Policy, practice and partnership working
Overall aim: Provide a model for multi-agency partnership working, policy and practice coordination
Example activities: collective consideration of evolving policy context and supporting its local implementation; sharing of good practice.
3. MWIN Structure
A multi-agency Steering group leads the work of MWIN by guiding on work strands, priorities and strategic direction. The Steering group supports the role of the MWIN Co-coordinator.
The Steering group reports regularly to Midlothian’s Joint Mental Health Planning group (JMHPG) primarily, and to the Joint Mental Health Management group as appropriate. They will also update and inform Midlothian’s Health Improvement Partnership (HIP).
A Learning and Information sub-group has responsibility for progressing initiatives primarily related to work strands 1 and 2. Additional sub-groups, and short life working groups are established as required to progress other key areas of work.
Core membership of the Steering group includes the following:
- Mental Health Planning officer (Midlothian Council);
- Head of Adult Mental Health Psychology (NHS Lothian);
- Superintendent Physiotherapist (NHS Lothian);
- Manager, Orchard Centre Services (Health in Mind);
- Senior Health Promotion Specialist (NHS Lothian);
- MWIN Coordinator;
- Senior representative from Mental Health Nursing services (NHS Lothian);
- Service user and Carer representation through the managers of CAPS and VOCAL.
The sub-groups and short-life working groups have multi-sector, service user and carer membership. This reflects a diverse and representative range of perspectives and interests in relation to particular work strands.
Tel. 0131 271 3680
4. Other Useful Contacts
Midlothian Mental Health Forum
A multi-agency mental health forum for sharing information on mental health related developments in Midlothian.
Contact: Fiona McKeown
Tel: 0131 663 1616
Midlothian Community Care Providers Forum
Contact Sadia Kadri
Midlothian Community Care Forum