Joint working between providers and the NHS to support student mental health

Case studies and resources for higher education providers

Our case studies and resources provide practical advice for higher education providers on approaches to joint working with the NHS for student mental health.

Case studies

Our £6 million mental health Challenge Competition funded 10 projects to help universities and colleges generate new and innovative collaborative approaches to improve outcomes for students. Several of the projects developed innovative approaches to partnership working with the NHS.

Improving student mental health through partnerships

The University of Liverpool was the leading partner for a Liverpool-based project working with regional partners to develop an integrated model of support for student mental health.

The project aimed to develop an integrated approach between universities and the NHS, offering seamless referral pathways and shared protocols supported by a clear risk management strategy which clearly specifies the responsibilities of partner agencies and allows for more effective planning for services to meet the varying and escalating needs of students.

Read the project case study

Student mental health partnerships

In this project, the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), led a partnership across five English cities to improve care for students in need of mental health support through the development and evaluation of local partnerships between universities, the NHS and students' unions.

The project aimed to improve local care pathways, co-produce the design and delivery of care with students and practitioners, share best practice through a National Learning Collaborative (led by Universities UK) and evaluate effective models of partnership working.

Read the project case study


Published 12 July 2022

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