Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment and Health Impact Assesment
I am proud to continue to be involved as a lead developer and author, trainer and facilitator of The Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment (MWIA) Toolkit. It was developed and published in 2011 by a national mental wellbeing collaborative including National Mental Health Development Unit (a DH arms-length body), Liverpool University, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, New Economics Foundation, and NHS Confederation together with public mental health and impact assessment experts. It is an evidence-based framework for making both a rapid and/or comprehensive assessment of likely impacts on mental wellbeing; and leads to identifying possible ways to support, plan and commission for positive responses to the findings.
I have delivered, sometimes working with colleagues, MWIAs nationally & internationally, on a wide range of policies, ‘events’ such as impact of Covid on council staff, services, commissioning intentions, programmes and projects.
The recent application of MWIA, using the MWIA Screening toolkit in a participative structured process, is to help gain insights into both negative and positive impacts on people of Covid-19 in a range of settings, and to help formulate plans and actions to aid Recovery Planning. See briefing below.
I also have a track record of training and delivery of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and worked closely with the London Health Observatory, London Health Commission and University of Liverpool to design and deliver HIA training over a number of years. I presented to international HIA conferences on ‘Community Participation in evidence gathering’. I have worked extensively with regeneration programmes applying HIA to Delivery and Masterplans.
Case Study: MWIA of the impact of multi-agency partnership working with people with long term enduring mental health issues and the wider community.
The commissioners were keen to improve their understanding of how best to use limited resources to increase the mental health and wellbeing of communities including people living independently with long term mental health problems.
'Thank you for doing an excellent piece of work for us, the process of the MWIA and the final report have really helped us to move forward with our neighbourhood work in a new way'