Expressions of Interest Mental Health Support Hub V0.2 in Leigh

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Expression of Interest

The Deal for Communities team have been asked to advertise the following Expression of interest, but any queries or applications must be sent to the email given below and not returned to our team.  Thank you.

If you belong to or are aware of a VCSE/Charity that has experience providing health and wellbeing interventions, the undermentioned may be of interest to you.

Applications must come from groups providing services in or reasonably local to the Wigan Borough and the Deadline for expressions of interest is 26th February 2021, to be submitted by email to [email protected].

The nomination board will aim to meet by the 8th March 2021; the board will consist of representatives from NWBH, patient by experience and voluntary sector member with no conflict of interest.

Deal for Communities Team
Customer Transformation Wigan Council PO Box 100 WN1 3DS Tel: 01942 486557

Expressions of Interest: Delivery of the Mental Health Support Hub


What is the Mental Health Support Hub:

The Hub is a safe, supportive environment for those who are experiencing psychological distress requiring support to prevent deterioration.
Each evening a programme of health and wellbeing interventions is available with the aim to develop skills and abilities to manage future crisis.


A phased approach to implementing the Mental Health Support Hub was agreed based on
COVID19 restrictions and capacity.

Phase one commenced 1st February until April 2021 and is for service users aged 18 plus
known to secondary mental health services and those referred by secondary mental health services in the Wigan Borough. Phase one is staffed by North West Boroughs Health Care NHS Foundation Trust (NWBH); nursing assistant, assistant psychologist and support time recovery worker.


The Mental Health Support Hub is based at Atherleigh Park and is open from 4.30pm 7 days a week until 11pm.

Aim: The Mental Health Support Hub outcomes are to prevent further deterioration of mental health by providing support via a non clinical setting:
• Access to the right care at the right time (access to non clinical support services)
• Help to avoid referral to NWBH urgent care teams
• Help to avoid referral to hospital admission and attendance to A&E
• Maintain and develop personal independence and resilience
• Help develop skills and abilities needed to manage future crisis
• Actively signpost to locality based services to support


The plan is for Phase two to commence by the end of April; to be staffed by Voluntary
Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) with support NWBH with the programme and to
be open to all people within the Wigan Borough who meet the referral criteria.


A minimum of 3 staff are required per shift who have experience in delivering group and one to one health and wellbeing interventions. The end goal is for two hubs, one Leigh and one Wigan and that the group are open to ideas to make the hub more accessible.

The NWBH staffing will remain in place for a 4 week handover period which will be agreed
with the successful organisation and monitored via the Implementation meeting. Training
and induction to the intervention programme will be included during the handover period.


Who can apply? VCSE groups that have experience providing health and wellbeing
interventions. Applications must come from groups providing services in or reasonably local to the Wigan Borough.

Funding: The is funding available initially for a 3 month period and recurrent funding will be based on the evaluation and demonstration of achieving outcomes


Application process: Expressions of interest required with a brief overview of the proposed staffing model.

Deadline for expressions of interest: 26th February 2021 to be submitted by email to
[email protected]

The nomination board will aim to meet by the 8th March
2021; the board will consist of representatives from NWBH, patient by experience and
voluntary sector member with no conflict of interest.

For more information please contact Janine Steele (Operational Manager for Urgent Care NWBH)
[email protected]