NSUN network for mental health is an independent, service-user-led charity that connects people with experience of mental health issues to give us a stronger voice in shaping policy and services.
Mad Alliance Platform
Resource and Assets page for the North West London mental health engagement group known as 'MAD Alliance' standing for Making A Difference
Who are the 'M.A.D. Alliance'?
'M.A.D Alliance' are NSUN members from eight North West London boroughs who have formed a leadership group to establish a culture of co-production at all levels of commissioning and influence provision of mental health care and support across North West London.
'Mad', whilst implying a 'tongue in cheeck' adoption of a word often used as an insult, has a secondary meaning here: it stands for 'making a difference'.
Drawing on their individual and collective experience, 'Mad Alliance' members advise the North West London Mental Health and Wellbeing Transformation Board of Commissioners.
The group challenges, informs and drives the redesign of services, improving delivery of the Crisis Concordat standards for care and support. The concordat is a national agreement between services and agencies that sets out how they will work together to make sure people get the help they need when they are having a mental health crisis.
'Mad Alliance' members were recruited by NSUN and got to know each other whilst attending our 2015 Creative Leadership Programme, which consisted of an an introduction day followed by 12 interactive sessions. This page is a collection of resources relating to this programme as well as other materials which 'Mad alliance' members use in their work. The Alliance is now managed by a collaboration of local providers accross North West London.
Creative Leadership Programme Handbook
Creative Leadership Programme Materials
Day 1 - Introduction to Leadership - slides
Day 1 - Influencing User Leadership by Janice Lowe - slides
Day 1 - Leadership by Janice Lowe - slides
Day 1 - Authority and Power - notes
Day 1 - Influence through stories - notes
Day 1 - Servant as Leader - notes
Day 4 - Session facilitator's Ian Pringle's website
Day 4 - The Forum Project's website, introducing Augusto Boal's Forum Theatre, the Theatre of the Oppressed
Day 4 - Video on how Forum Theatre can blast stigma to change minds and end mental health discriminatation
Day 4 - Video showing an example of Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed on the theme of suicide
Day 5 - Culture Race and Ethnicity in Commissioning for Mental Health by Dr Colin King - slides
Day 5 - Video on ethnic issues
Day 5 - Dancing to Our Own Tunes Report
Day 5 - Influencing Mental Health Services - a Guide to Values Based Commissioning (VBC)
Day 5 - guidance on VBC from the joint commissioning panel
Day 5 - MH services for black and minority ethnic communities
Day 5 - Doll Test Video
The following photos were taken during the Creative Leadership meetups. Please note that the photo albums are private - Mad Alliance only! If you are a member of the group and do not have access to the pictures, please email the photographer (details below the album links).
Link to all Graphic records: https://www.flickr.com/photos/engagevisually/albums/72157659524601292
Graphic Recording by Debbie Roberts
Research and study reports by Naomi Good
4Pi National Involvement Standards in Commissioning
Leadership in Commissioning
Experience Led Commissioning Workshop Slides
Local borough NHS plans 2015-16
Information and implementation plans for Ealing
Information and implementation plans for Hammersmith and Fulham
Information and implementation plans for Harrow
Information and implementation plans for Hillingdon
Information and implementation plans for Hounslow
Information and implementation plans for West London
Model of care and support for people with serious mental health needs
2016: Mad Alliance going from strength to strength
Very active in North West London, the Alliance have played an essential role in the victory to keep the Bridge mental health centre open. Members of Mad Alliance were invited to speak at the Peer Supported Open Dialogue event held in London in April 2016. The presentations were filmed. The event's videos are here:
- Conference highlights video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxGPcSPR04c
- Videos of the whole day's event: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1N149-Ku9g6oxsY-1He7wiPkWRJOhfPd