Transforming Mental Health Services


Mervyn Morris, Centre for Community Mental Health


Researchers in the Centre for Community Mental Health are challenging prevailing practices and beliefs in mental health, providing solutions to complex care needs for health services. The Centre for Community Mental Health has worked with the NHS since 1999 to bring a compassionate, patient focused approach to mental health problems, which has been adopted throughout the UK and globally.

Download the full impact case study submitted to REF 2014


During the 1990s the Birmingham Model of Community Mental Health (BMCMH was developed in collaboration with Northern Birmingham Mental Health NHS Trust, with models of community teams focusing on reducing hospital admissions. These approached were incorporated into the National Service Framework for Mental Health, and followed up by CCMH supporting services promoted and recovery and inclusion, including alternatives to working with psychosis and community support in crisis. He is currently working locally to support development of primary care mental health and wellbeing services, and currently engaged by the Belgian Government to support their service redesign programme.

Who benefits

This model, which provides a more patient focused and compassionate approach to mental health care, has subsequently been adapted for mental health services worldwide through the expertise of Professor Mervyn Morris (pictured above in Sri Lanka in 2005). He has worked closely with Mental Health Service development and re-design in many countries, including collaboration with Universities, at Government level and the World Health Organisation.

Find out more on the CCMH website

Our researchers are challenging prevailing practices and beliefs in mental health.

"Professor Mervyn Morris has become a key person…he is one of the most solicited experts from abroad in this formation programme"

Director General of the Belgian Ministry of Health