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Consultancy work for Academic Health Science Networks

The National Involvement Partnership (NIP) did some consultancy work for Imperial Health Partners, the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for north west London by helping them recruit 30 service users to participate in consultations to improve psychosis care in north west London and advising on how to set up the consultations so that they were more accessible and service user friendly.

AHSN aim to bring the NHS, academia and external partners together to improve healthcare by translating research into practice and developing more integrated working.

Imperial Health Partners Head of Project Development, Phoebe Robinson, said 'we’d like to thank National Involvement Partnership for their help with recruitment for the consultations as well as their advice on changing the format of consultations. This helped us ensure the consultation was more user friendly'.

The consultation looked at putting the NICE pathway on psychosis care into a local delivery plan and roll out, monitoring for outcomes, addressing the fragmented commissioning landscape and developing potential options for commissioning care in an ongoing way. The consultation findings were written into a report which was presented at the Mental Health Ministerial Intelligence Network meeting on which NSUN is represented, in June 2014. 

Subsequently, NIP  was asked to use its extensive experience and contacts to advise Imperial Health Partners on how to improve its overall involvement strategy.

NIP is building on this work to help support other Academic Health Science Networks (AHSN)  in their involvement work.

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