Two projects in the East Midlands are not only achieving better outcomes for people with enduring mental illnesses but making significant cost savings.

The East Midlands re:source collaborative procurement hub is working with trusts to ensure that money is being spent effectively to directly benefit patient outcomes. It is estimated that the two projects alone will save more than£1m.

The first project, a pilot with Cambian Healthcare, is working to improve appropriate care placement to meet patients' bespoke care requirements. Cambian, a specialist provider of psychiatric rehabilitation services, is working with several primary care trusts on a programme of therapy and care which rebuilds patients' skills and confidence for a safe return to the community.

Step down

Cambian and re:source identified long-stay patients in secure facilities who might be suitable for step-down psychiatric rehabilitation. Patients were assessed and, once the results were reviewed by the PCTs, new care plans were put in place for suitable patients. Twenty patients are now on the programme and it is projected that the project will save the NHS in the East Midlamds at least£500,000 this financial year.

In the second project re:source invited the top 30 private care providers to renegotiate annual rate increases. A united front on behalf of all trusts led to rate increases being minimised.

Re:source chief executive Ian Shepherd says: 'It's about working with our providers, market experts, commissioners and patients, to find out exactly what their wants and needs are, to then specify patient outcomes, understand demand and then ensure our providers [can] meet these requirements.'