Bringing together communities and the healthcare system to reduce inequalities.
Hosted by Healthwatch, Black Thrive is an independent partnership of Lambeth community and services. It seeks to build a local culture where black communities can thrive and improve their mental health and wellbeing, supported by accessible services.
Start date: August 2016
End date: May 2017
Grant value: £162,880
Despite repeated efforts to address the significant mental health inequalities black people in Lambeth experience, there remains a lack of trust between the system and the community.
Few people are treated early through primary care, more than expected are treated in hospital as inpatients and recovery outcomes are poor. We’ve awarded £163,000 to help Black Thrive tackle this issue by bringing together communities and people in the healthcare system to break down barriers. This project will create structures to give black communities a voice, inform collective action and monitor progress.
Operating model developed by co-production event in Lambeth, with over 100 patients and black communities in attendance
Black Thrive, previously called the Black Wellbeing Partnership, officially begins
Evaluator appointed and methodology finalised
Black Thrive will help statutory, voluntary sector and community members to work together to improve the mental health and wellbeing of black communities in Lambeth. The project will deliver this through four main components, designed to build trust between black communities and the wider system:
"We’re all on a learning journey at Black Thrive, using the principles of co-production, outcomes framework and system leadership where all stakeholders from commissioners, providers, service users and community representative have a joint and equal status in a shared vision of improving mental wellbeing for the African and Caribbean community in Lambeth."
Patrick Vernon, Director of Black Thrive
"Black people in Lambeth experience significant inequalities in mental health and wellbeing. Black Thrive seeks to change that, identifying the barriers preventing change from happening; bringing together community and system stakeholders to work collaboratively and together creating solutions which can put into practice collectively."
Nicola Crane, Programme Director at the Charity
Black people in Lambeth experience worse mental health and wellbeing outcomes than their white British counterparts.
Detention rates under the Mental Health Act are 44% higher among black patients. They are underrepresented in primary care and have worse recovery outcomes; a problem that has persisted for decades.
Black Thrive addresses issues that contribute to poor mental health outcomes for individuals from black communities. The partnership draws on the expertise of people with different perspectives and professions, fundamentally working to improve how the system supports black communities and service users.
Healthwatch Lambeth, which hosts the Black Thrive team, aims to address inequalities and ensure services fit around the needs of the patient, service user and carer.
It is anticipated that the project will result in:
28 July, 2018
We've looked at data and talked with local people to learn more about how and why people progress to multiple conditions.
27 July, 2018
A collective approach to tackling multiple long-term conditions to create a strong neighbourhood.
20 July, 2018
Layering community-led solutions to improve the health of local Portuguese-speaking residents.