In 2014, BIHR issued an open invitation to service providers from every region to work with them as partners on the innovative Department of Health funded project, Connecting Human Rights to the Frontline.  The only criteria was the requirement for applicants to have a role in mental health care provision or decision-making on mental capacity issues and a commitment to tackling their legal duties under the Human Rights Act. 

BIHR had the difficult task of shortlisting seven service providers from all those who applied to work with them.  The standard of applicants was high and BIHR would like to thank all the mental health professionals and their teams who applied but were not successful this time.  Your interest in the project is valued and there may be other opportunities for you to be involved in this project during events taking place later in 2016.  

Meet the seven teams whose staff we'll be working closely with over the course of the project (2014-2017) to support them in tackling the human rights issues most relevant to their care setting. 

The Early Intervention Psychosis teams (EIP) in North and South Tees offer mental health support and treatment in the community for local people who have been newly diagnosed with psychosis.  The treatment they provide includes talking therapies, family intervention, social recovery, practical support and medication. The teams are made up of people from different professions including nurses, consultant psychiatrists, support workers, occupational therapists, psychologists and social workers.


St Martins of Tours is a voluntary mental healthcare and housing organisation based in London. They offer a safe place to stay for people with mental health and offender backgrounds to help them gain independence and integrate themselves back into society. They aim to provide support for people stepping down from prisons, hospitals and mental health services, helping them to improve their mental and physical wellbeing to enable them to live positive, independent lives. St Aubyn’s Centre is a CAMHS Adolescent Impatient and Intensive Care Service in Colchester, Essex. It opened in 2012 and is the only one of its kind in South of England. The centre is for young people between 11 and 18 who are experiencing mental health, emotional and psychological issues. It aims to deliver high-quality care and therapeutic support to young people and their families in a safe and friendly environment.

The Mersey Care Learning Disability Service based in Liverpool and Southport provides health services to people with learning disabilities and additional mental and physical health needs. They work with people of all ages providing specialist psychological therapies, nursing services, physiotherapy and psychiatric services to help them to achieve a good standard of health and wellbeing.

Windswept rehabilitation service in Bristol works over an extended period with people aged 18 years and over who experience long-term complex mental health problems.  The service aims to use a recovery framework of care alongside other therapeutic approaches to help individuals maximise their potential and in response to individual need.  Users of this service may be detained under the Mental Health Act and are likely to be experiencing a significant degree of functional impairment. 

Bristol Council provides assessments and care management for local people with mental capacity and mental health issues through its Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards service and wider Social Intervention service.   This service is staffed by qualified Best Interests Assessors, Qualified Social Workers and generic social work staff whose job it is to respond to the need of people requiring additional care, support or protection.

The Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service is a new partnership bringing together two organisations (Alzheimer’s Society and Devon Partnership NHS Trust) with a shared vision for improving dementia services in Bristol city.  The design of the service came from the findings of NHS Bristol Modernising Mental Health Project.  Its aim is to improve dementia services for everyone with dementia in Bristol so that they can live independently with their condition for as long as possible.

If you work for a service with a role in providing mental health care and would like to be updated about open events connected to this project, please send us an email including details of your organisation to [email protected] (Helen Wildbore). If you work for a advocacy or support organisation on mental health, our sister project will be more relevant to you: Care and Support: A Human Rights Approach to Advocacy