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Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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MH:2K: engaging young people in conversations about mental health

Oldham Council was the first area in the country to pilot MH:2K, a powerful new model for engaging young people in conversations about mental health in their local area. 

Cheshire East’s Emotionally Healthy Schools Project

The Emotionally Healthy Schools Project is a partnership aiming to promote positive emotional health and wellbeing and develop stronger working relationships with agencies outside of the school environment.

Scrutiny taking the lead on child and adolescent mental health in Cornwall

Cornwall’s Scrutiny Commission’s review of child and adolescent mental health services was instrumental in ensuring the development of the subsequent Child and Adolescent Mental Health Strategy for Cornwall.

Doncaster: Mental Health Champions

Embedding meaningful and sustainable involvement of children and young people at every step of the commissioning cycle has helped transform mental health services for young people in Doncaster.

Headstart Hull

Focusing on the positive difference local resources and people could make to improve mental health outcomes for children and young people proved an invaluable experience and lead to system changes at a strategic and operational level in Hull.

Healthwatch Hillingdon: bridging the gap

The challenge Healthwatch Hillingdon’s role is to be an independent champion for people, making sure that those running services, put people at the heart.  During a local authority review of child and adolescent mental health services, it seemed that there was a lack of engagement with children and young people.

Young Commissioners in Newcastle and Gateshead

A new programme enabled 14 Young Commissioners to be equal partners in leading service and culture change for children and young people’s mental health services in Newcastle and Gateshead.

Surrey County Council: enhancing care in care homes

In 2014 East Surrey CCG embarked on a project to improve the medical care of residents of nursing and residential homes. This example of a local initiative forms part of our managing transfers of care resource.

Wakefield District: Enhanced health in care homes vanguards

The programme aims to tackle loneliness and fragmented care by joining up services for older people in supported living schemes and care homes, to help people live longer, healthier lives at home and within their communities. This example of a local initiative forms part of our managing transfers of care resource.

Sutton: the 'red bag' approach

In Sutton, the 'red bag' contains standardised paperwork, medication and personal belongings, and it stays with a care home resident from the time they leave the residential home to go to hospital until the time they return to their care home at the end of their stay in hospital. This example of local initiatives forms part of our managing transfers of care resource.