The Thames Valley Mental Health, Dementia and Neurology (MHDN) Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) was established in 2013 and is made up of patients and/or their carers, clinicians, other professionals and stakeholders with an interest and responsibility in mental health, dementia and neurology care.
The purpose of the MHDN Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) is to bring together a wide range of stakeholders to work across geographical and organisation boundaries to support equity of access to high quality, evidence based care.
This approach provides the framework within which the Thames Valley MHDN SCN Work Plan has been created. This includes cross-cutting themes such as end of life care where appropriate, and aims to incorporate the five NHS Outcomes Framework Domains. The work plan is monitored by the MHDN Steering Group and actions are pursued through a number of Network and Locality groups with project support.
The Network is clinically led and is responsible for advising and supporting commissioners about mental health, dementia and neurology related commissioning decisions and priorities, driving up quality by focusing on improving patient outcomes, reducing unwarranted inequalities, and delivering the objectives of the NHS Outcomes Framework.
The Network proactively engages patients, families, and communities, including populations who may be disadvantaged, in planning and implementing new approaches to service delivery that are meaningful and more accessible. We work in collaboration with many stakeholders including academic partners to create new knowledge and translate it into measurable improvements in health and care for the population.