Mental Health Providers Forum

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Mental Health Providers Forum
Abbreviation MHPF
Motto National Alliance of Voluntary Sector Mental Health Providers
Formation 2005
Headquarters London
Region served
England and Wales

The Mental Health Providers Forum (MHPF), based in London, is a registered charity[nb 1] and the representative body for voluntary sector mental health organisations in England and Wales, working nationally and regionally to influence practice and policy. It aims to improve the range and quality of mental health services by increasing the involvement of the voluntary sector in delivering them, working in partnership with government agencies. Specific projects include evaluating psychological therapies and promoting tools for assessing recovery.

MHPF developed from meetings of the chief executives of the leading mental health charities, and was registered as a company in 2005. The membership of the Forum consists of the voluntary sector organisations. The current Chief Executive (since April 2012) is Kathy Roberts,[1] who has a background in health and social care and the not-for-profit sector.[2] She succeeded Dr Ian McPherson, previously Director of the National Mental Health Development Unit. The first Chief Executive of the Forum was Judy Weleminsky[3][4] who led the organisation from December 2005 to January 2011. She was previously chief executive of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship (now Rethink), the National Council for Voluntary Organisations[5] and Community Matters (the National Federation of Community Organisations).[6]

In 2008 MHPF, with Triangle Consulting, worked with service users and MHPF members to develop the Mental Health Recovery Star,[7] which was recommended by the Department of Health New Horizons programme and has been developed for use in adult mental health services. The Recovery Star is a key-working tool that enables staff to support individuals they work with to understand their recovery and plot their progress. It is also an outcomes tool that enables organisations to measure and assess the effectiveness of the services they deliver.[8][9] It is now being used by many mental health trusts in England and Wales.[10][11][12]

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Other UK mental health charities[edit]


  1. ^ It is registered in England and Wales with the Charity Commission as charity 1120222. "Voluntary Sector Mental Health Providers Forum". Charity overview. Charity Commission. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 


  1. ^ "Meet the Team". Mental Health Providers Forum. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Kathy Roberts". Mental Health Providers Forum. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Pati, Anita (30 November 2005). "Forum launched to assist work with mental health". Third Sector (London). Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Working our way to better mental health: a framework for action" (PDF). HMSO. December 2009. ISBN 978 0 10 177562 5. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Gosling, Paul (10 January 1993). "Public Services Management: Faith, hope and expertise: Paul Gosling on why lending managers to charities is growing in popularity". The Independent on Sunday (London). Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Coles, Kay (1993). National Council for Voluntary Organisations from 1919 to 1993: A Selective Summary of NCVO's Work and Origins (Information Briefing). NCVO Publications. ISBN 978-0719913600. 
  7. ^ "Mental Health Recovery Star". Outcomes Star. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Dickens, G., Onifade, Y., Sugarman, P. and Weleminsky, J. (2012). "Recovery Star: validating user recovery.". Psychiatric Bulletin 36 (2): 45–50. ISSN 0955-6036. 
  9. ^ "The Recovery Star and resources". Programmes. Mental Health Providers Forum. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Recovery Star". ImROC at Humber. Humber NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Recovery Star". Advice & Support. Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "Recovery Star". BIG Recovery. Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 

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