The programme to transform community mental health services for adults in Gloucestershire is well underway, with some significant progress being made already.

It’s part of a national programme supported by £2.3 billion investment and locally the key elements include:

  • Making it easier for people to get support, using a ‘no wrong door’ approach and employing mental health professionals to work in GP surgeries
  • Improving the uptake of physical health checks for people with serious mental health conditions
  • A new, common assessment model
  • A new service for people with Complex Emotional Needs
  • A particular focus on Eating Disorders
  • Tackling inequalities
  • More support with housing and employment

The project is being led by Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust (GHC) on behalf of One Gloucestershire. GHC are working with partners, including the Gloucestershire VCS Alliance, Inclusion Gloucestershire, Forest Voluntary Action Forum, Independence Trust and others. Importantly, it is also heavily focussed on co-production with Experts by Experience – both people who have used services and their carers – involved throughout.

The programme is beginning initially in the Forest of Dean, and this short film captures the views of people who attended a recent engagement event held there:

You can read more about the programme by visiting

You can also email the programme team via