Living Well UK
A three year programme that will create new approaches to mental health support across the UK, inspired by a model developed in Lambeth, South London
Living Well UK is a three year programme that will create new approaches to mental health support across the UK, inspired by a model developed in Lambeth, South London.
The programme will help Luton, Tameside & Glossop, Edinburgh and Salford - to adapt and adopt the Living Well system. Over the last eight years, Lambeth has delivered a vision that is about helping everyone who experiences mental health difficulties to recover, stay well, make their own choices and participate on an equal footing in everyday life. Lambeth’s Living Well system includes a set of innovative services, including the Living Well Network Hub, that are helping many more people get help when they need it in both primary and community settings.
In Living Well systems, services and support:
Are easily accessible, in community settings, with open access for all
Are preventative, helping to stop mental health issues from worsening and helping to keep people out of hospital
Address social and medical needs simultaneously
Address the wider determinants of mental health (e.g. relationships, housing, debt, employment, welfare)
Have been designed with lived experience at the heart
Are provided by statutory and voluntary sector organisations working together
Innovation Unit has been supporting the four sites to develop their own Living Well system that meets the needs of their context. Read more about the project here.
MY ROLE - I lead the service design strand of the Living Well UK programme. I lead the development of the design process methodology in four of our adoption sites and supported the site to deliver the design process in a rigorous way. I coached their design team to adapt design thinking into their practice through calls and workshops.
1. Mobilising the team
2. Supporting the Design Teams
As part of the programme, we have set up a ‘Design Team’. They are small group of 15, including people with lived experience, carers, practitioners, clinicians and commissioners, to hold the design and development of the approach, ensuring we connect it deeply to the needs and aspirations of local people. I supported the design team to learn about service design methodologies and practice them on the ground from getting lived-experience insights to co-designing ideas with people with lived experience.