Mental Health Transformation

Together we will improve mental health and wellbeing through thriving, connected communities. Right care, right place, right time.

LPFT and partners from across Lincolnshire have been working together to develop and shape how Mental Health services will look and be delivered in the future. By listening and working with our local communities to understand more about what people want and need; we have been able to bring together a vision for Lincolnshire.


The video below gives an overview of what work has happened so far.

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What is the Mental Health & Wellbeing Transformation Programme?

The Lincolnshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Transformation Programme is a programme of work that has been put in place to ensure that everything we do has the people of Lincolnshire at the heart of the decisions.   Together we are driving the change and making decisions about the way we engage with Mental Health and Wellbeing.

The NHS Long Term Plan and the NHS Mental Health Implementation Plan set the ambition to transform the provision of mental health and wellbeing to develop new and integrated models which enable people to access the right care in the right place at the right time, enabling people to self-help as appropriate.

What does it set out to do?

It sets out clear statements and ways of working to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to be involved in designing, delivering, evaluating and transforming the way we understand Mental Health and Wellbeing in Lincolnshire.

Why do we need it?

We need to change the way we work with people to ensure there is no wrong front door and to provide accessible, timely care for everyone.   It’s vital we hear everyone’s voice about what communities need for support to take ownership at a local level of their population’s mental health needs.

What are we aiming to achieve?

  • Clearly defined and accessible pathways to ensure people can access the right support at the right time;
  • Space to allow communities to develop and change to get it right for the local population;
  • Regular forums for discussion to take action and drive the change, with clear communication, engagement and commitment from everyone;
  • An ability to be agile and respond in a thoughtful and proactive manner; 
  • A clear training offer to support the understanding of mental health and wellbeing and embed the necessary skills where needed; 
  • A healthier population with stronger communities and connectivity; 
  • The people of Lincolnshire working with us to co-produce how they want their communities to be so that they are able to stay independent for longer.

Our Vision

To create opportunities for people to thrive; discover & shape their communities; encourage relationships and build a sense of belonging to support their wellbeing.

In the video below Victoria Sleight, Transformation Programme Manager, talks more about the programme and what is already happening across Lincolnshire.

This film is a short visual walk through of the NHS Long-Term Plan commitment on mental health and wellbeing transformation. The video outlines essential information and learnings on the development of new integrated models of primary and community mental health for people with severe mental illness (SMI). It describes the principles of the already-published Community Mental Health Framework for Adults and Older Adults as per the vision of the Long Term Plan. It also explains the roles of the different organisations that need to work together to develop these models, and the central focus on the needs and involvement of patients, those that care for them, and other experts by experience.


  • Expansion of Integrated Place Based Teams
  • Relisation of population health led, clinical delivery model
  • Multi-agency and cross sector collaboration to realise collective impact at local level
  • Investment in community assets, through co-production with local people
  • to develop local support networks
  • Up-skilling, training and coaching of local people and clinicians to improve quality of care for people living with SMI
  • Co-production of a volunteer & peer support network including people with lived experience
  • Continued development of the ‘digital first’ offer

How we will get there

Through the utilisation of continual learning - Plan, Do, Act, Study approach.


What is the '3 Plates Theory'?

The 3 plates theory is an integrated model promoting self-efficacy. 

Plate 1 relates to the Community and Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE).  This is community facing using strength based assets.  It's person led, holistic, accessible, flexible and focuses on preventative measures.

  • Standing up community hubs / crisis cafes where people can go to for easily accessible mental health support,
  • Helping people to take responsibility for their own care and become an active member of their community,
  • Communicating with people to provide a strong local mental health offer,
  • Reducing social isolation and signposting people to the right place at the right time,
  • Up-skilling communities to de-stigmatise mental health

Plate 2 refers to the Primary Care Networks and the Integrated Place-Based Teams.  This is localised support for less complex mental health needs.  It is person led, hoslitic and again focuses on preventatives.

  • More timely access to mental health support to prevent people escaling up working across multiple agencies,
  • Clearly defined processes in place to step people up and down when they need support,
  • Together sharing the risk and promoting the best quality of life for peole wiht mental health issues, 
  • Ensuring that care is person led.

Plate 3 moves into the more dedicated focus groups and LPFT specialist services.  This features dedicated, time limited treatment.  It is provider led, using mental health expertise for serious mental illness and focuses on proactive treatments.

  • Planning for stepping people down into their communities and working to clearly defined time limited treatment plans, 
  • utilising evidence based psychological interventions to support a Trauma Informed Care model,
  • Ensuring pyschological formulation is used and shared throughout a persons journey, 
  • Employing a strong multi-disciplinary approach to proactively managing risk, 
  • Using mental health expertise to support people to have the best quality of life in the least intensive setting.

Achievements to date

We have:

  • Strengthened Partnerships across the Primary, Secondary and Voluntary Sectors
  • Embedded a large cultural change package of support across the workforce
  • Begun to work with the Recovery College to develop training for the community and the VCSE sector for MH and Wellbeing
  • Developed an overarching clinical model of practice that promotes self- efficacy and is a BioPsychoSocial Model that puts the person at the centre
  • Started a large scale recruitment plan
  • Developed a strong Digital First Offer
  • Begun to test new ways of working within our Integrated Place Based Teams
  • Embedded new and innovative roles such as Social Prescribing Link Workers, Peer Support Workers and Community Connectors
  • Co-located some of our teams to improve conversation and minimise risk and further develop Community Hubs to support accessibility and a strength based approach
  • Recognised and invested into the need for localised investment into our VCSE
  • Developed a 24/7 MH Matters Helpline that runs 365 days per year
  • Established Night light Cafes in some parts of the county

How you can support us?

"Be involved, Be open-minded, Be an active listener."

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