Committed to improving outcomes for people living with mental illness

Key programmes

Key programmes

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The review was set up to look at how the legislation in the Mental Health Act 1983 is used and how practice could be improved. Steve was appointed as a vice-chair, assisting Sir Simon Wessely to understand the reasons for:

  • rising rates of detention under the Act;

  • the disproportionate number of people from black and minority ethnic groups detained under the Act;

  • processes that are out of step with a modern mental health care system.



Steve was appointed as a consultant to the West Midlands Combined Authority Mental Health Commission and was central to the development of the programme. Evidence was considered from across the region and beyond, looking at the experiences of real people with mental health needs, and the expert knowledge of professional mental health practitioners and organisations.

The result was the Thrive West Midlands action plan, setting out how the region seeks to reduce the impact of mental ill health.

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300 Voices was a Time to Change project which worked in partnership between Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, West Midlands Police, Birmingham City Council, and which sought to engage with young African and Caribbean men to hear their experiences of inpatient and outpatient care.

Steve was appointed as one of three men with experience of being ‘sectioned’, who developed the Engagement Model, Steve went on to become an integral member of the programme team.