Anna Middlemiss, Deputy Director of Public Health, Strategy & Support Team, Wakefield CCG
"It's been an absolute pleasure working with Mental Health Strategies for the past three years. They were totally reliable - which is so important to me. I felt totally confident that everything would be delivered at the right time and in the right way. They couldn't have done anything better and I can't praise them enough.
The evaluation work undertaken by the team was instrumental to Wakefield being selected as one of only six national Vanguard MCP sites. There has been national interest in the work we've done in Wakefield and we've been called upon to speak at a number of national events, share our work with other vanguards and been held up as an example of national best practice. We did over 1,000 interviews as part of this project including nearly 700 with patients and service users. Carrying out this number of interviews exceptional and has shaped future work, we've demonstrated that service integration gives patients/service user better outcomes."