Luton Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Luton Clinical Commissioning Group


Luton to transform mental health with Big Lottery support

20 September 2018

News graphic

People with mental health needs in Luton are set to have their say in how mental health services are designed and delivered, thanks to a new Big Lottery funded programme called ‘Living Well UK’. 


Apartnership of Luton organisations successfully bid to be part of the three year programme, to develop innovative ways to help people achieve good mental health in the community.

Dr Anthea Robinson, local GP and LCCG’s Clinical lead for Mental Health, said:“We will be working collaboratively with other like-minded organisations suchas Luton Council, MIND BLMK, Total Wellbeing Luton and the East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT). More importantly, we will involve local people and organisations to co-produce a transformation of mental health in Luton.”

Social enterprise, the Innovation Unit, is leading the Living Well programme, funded by Big Lottery. The Living Well UK’s programme was inspired by an approach originally developed in Lambeth, South London. Luton is one of four locations that were successful in their bid to be part of the Living Well UK programme. The other locations are Edinburgh, Salford, and Tameside &Glossop.   Luton will receive up to £100,000 a year for three years to support the programme locally.

Nicky Poulain, Accountable Officer for NHS Luton CCG, said: “This is anexciting opportunity to transform mental health in Luton. The approach developed in Lambeth shows that, by working collaboratively, we can achieve much better outcomes for people with mental health needs.  The Living Well model places people with personal experience of mental ill health at the heartof its work and, by designing and delivering together, we will have a shared ownership and responsibility for those outcomes.  We are looking forward to working with people and organisations across Luton to develop our own personalised, innovative approach to support local needs.”


Notes to editors

 About Luton CCG

Luton Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 240,000 people who live in Luton. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.

LCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. 28 GP practices in Luton are members of the CCG.

About the Living Well UK programme

Innovation Unit

The Innovation Unit is a social enterprise based in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. They work internationally, applying disciplined approaches to develop new solutions and create impact at scale. Through their projects and ventures they identify, create and scale evidence-based solutions, mainly focused on: children’s social care, learning& schools, healthy lives, early years and mental health.

Innovation Unit is leading the Living Well UK Programme on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund. There are four sites in the programme: Edinburgh, Luton, Salford and Tameside& Glossop. Each site will receive up to £100,000 in support funding for three years.  The Innovation Unit will:

  • Provide innovation coaching to each of the four sites, supporting them to design and develop their own Living Well system

  • Support the four sites learn to from each other

  • Share learning from the programme with UK stakeholders (including senior leaders, commissioners and innovators)

  • Ensure the programme is properly evaluated

 Big Lottery Fund

Big Lottery Fund uses money raised by National Lottery players to help communities achieve their ambitions. From small, local projects to UK-wide initiatives, its funding brings people together to make a difference to their health, wellbeing and environment. Since June 2004 it has awarded £9 billion to projects that improve the lives of millions of people.

Its UK Portfolio supports UK-wide projects to test and grow bold ideas that put people in the lead to address long-term social issues and improve the quality of life across the UK and internationally.

The Big Lottery Fund will monitor progress for the programme against agreed outcomes and help to share learning with other projects that it funds.

Lambeth’s Living Well Collaborative has been developing the Lambeth model for mental health since 2010.  Using collaborative leadership and co-production, Lambeth has brought together a wide range of people and organisations to design, prototype and deliver new ways of working that bring greater benefits to people with mental health needs and improve recovery.

View the full list of news stories

Site design and maintenance by CRB Associates