We’re delighted to be amongst leading housing providers to partner with Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) on a unique project that will deliver vital mental health support to tenants in their homes.

The partnership between the NHS and registered housing providers MSV Housing Group, One Manchester and Great Places. In a collaborative approach to address health inequalities, the partnership will offer individualised care to support tenants with escalating mental health concerns. 

As part of the pilot, a new role has been funded for a Community Mental Health (CMHT) Housing Link Practitioner. This role will offer support to housing providers assessing the mental health and social care needs of vulnerable tenants. It will act as a point of contact for housing professionals to undertake Care Act Assessments and support the referral process. The new role will enable access to appropriate services, treatment pathways and help to promote early intervention, prevention, and recovery for tenants.

With mental health issues on the rise, there is a growing public health concern and housing has an important role to play. By working together to provide holistic support to vulnerable tenants, we can provide quick needs-based assessments and focused mental health support. The group aim to avert crises, avoid tenancy break down and onwards referrals into secondary care mental health services. 

The new CMHT role is expected to start in June and will be funded for 12-months initially. It will be evaluated on the impact it has on the health and wellbeing of our tenants. If we see the expected positive outcomes, the model could be used by other housing providers and NHS Trusts across the UK. 

CEOs from the Housing Providers pioneering this scheme; One Manchester, Great Places and MSV Housing Group said, 

“We’re proud to partner with the NHS to provide help for people who really need it. The last 12-months have been difficult for so many people and the long-term effects of the pandemic on our health and wellbeing is yet to be fully determined. However, housing organisations are well placed in the community to understand and spot the signs of poor mental health. By taking a person-centred approach to ‘Build Back Fairer’ and working collaboratively across the public and private sectors, we can support people to live more independent, healthier lives and enable them to remain in their homes for longer.”