The role of Mental Health and Dementia (MHD) Clinical Network (CN) in Yorkshire and the Humber is to support co-operative action for the benefit of patients between the component parts of the health and social care system.

The work of CN is underpinned by the values of the NHS Constitution, and provides a unique way to address the requirement that “The NHS works across organisational boundaries and in partnership with other organisations in the interest of patients, local communities and the wider population”.

The activities outlined in the CN work plans are the result of extensive consultation between all interested and involved parties: patients, clinicians, commissioners, service providers, system assurers and national clinical leaders.

The arms of the CN maintain effective working relationships and are integrated into the broader health and care structure through: 

  • Regular attendance at regional commissioning and sub-regional CCG Collaborative Commissioning meetings to provide insight and information as requested, and to ensure CCG perspectives are central to CN activities, and to account for their activity;
  • Working with Area Teams in their commissioning, quality overview and system convenor roles.
  • Developing identified clinical links at each CCG/provider with whom CNs can liaise and communicate;
  • Regular contact and involvement with NHS England (North) and national structures including relevant National Clinical Directors.

MHD Principles of working:

The key guiding principles for the work of the CN will be:

  • To acknowledge, value and build on the history of successful clinical networking across Yorkshire and the Humber, maintaining engagement with stakeholders to avoid duplications and loss of intelligence.
  • To embrace new clinical communities and consistencies, supporting their growth and development
  • To ensure active engagement of CN constituent organisations and a co-ordinated approach to stakeholder engagement in, and communication about, the improvement agenda for the prescribed CN conditions
  • To ensure the patient perspective, voice and experience is central to the activities of the CN, directing and informing our work
  • To support a whole-system awareness and approach, seeking to achieve improvement across complex care pathways

What will our Success Factors be?

The success of Clinical Networks' activities will be evaluated in functional, operational and outcome dimensions:

  • FunctionalCN structures and activities will be central to the operational and development of health and social care services in Yorkshire and the Humber
  • OperationalCN guidance, facilitation and review will result in improved service quality and efficiency
  • OutcomesCN led work programmes will delivery demonstrably improved outcomes and experience for patients

What do we do Day to Day?

Providing support and leadership through clinical consensus to reduce unwarranted variations in services in relation to mental health, dementia and neurological conditions; 

Co-ordinating the expertise of commissioners, providers, academic health science networks, and health and wellbeing boards to overcome challenges faced and highlighted in the outcomes framework domain areas;

Encouraging innovation and spreading best practice;

Offering support and assurance to commissioners to support their core purpose of quality improvement as outlined in the mandate and outcomes framework; 

Meaningful engagement with local patients, carers and members of the public affected by mental health and dementia and by advancing equality and tackling health inequalities.

What are our Cross Cutting Themes of work across Mental Health and Dementia?

  • Prevention
  • Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat
  • Parity of Esteem
  • End of Life/Palliative Care
  • Carer support
  • Integrated care


Accountabilities of the Mental Health and Dementia Clinical Networks



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