Transforming our services: Community Mental Health

In the future, mental health services will be more accessible through your local GP as specialist mental health staff will be working in the GP surgeries. This will mean you will be able to receive care, support and treatment more quickly.  

As well as improving access to specialist Mental Health care and support, we are investing in our services to extend the range of support available so that it is more joined up and focussed on your needs, rather than your diagnosis.

But before we go into too much detail, here's a film produced by the Kings Fund providing a short visual walk through of the NHS Long-Term Plan commitment on community mental health transformation. 

Improving access to primary and secondary mental health

This includes expanding our italk service, bringing mental health and primary care networks closer together, and incrasing specialist mental health staff in GP surgeries to improve access.

Improving access and signposting to the right community service

Helping people to access different services, such as housing, employment, and financial advice, through social prescribing, link workers and by adapting our referral process.

Improve quality and clinical outcomes

Developing our service models, housing solutions and our digital offer to best meet people’s needs. Also developing a new ‘trauma-informed’ psychological therapy offer.

Develop services based on individualised recovery and care

Developing our assertive outreach model, redesigning our rehabilitation service, embedding the recovery approach, care planning and physical health monitoring.

  • Increasing numbers of specialist mental health staff working in GP surgeries
  • Improving Early Intervention in Psychosis services
  • Joining up care, treatment and support so that we help with other factors including housing, Drug and Alcohol issues, from the Voluntary Sector and other services in your local community.

How you can get involved?
As a Trust, we want to make sure that any changes made to our services take into account the views of everyone involved to ensure we meet the needs of the communities we serve.

Those using our services know what changes are needed, so we welcome carers and service users to get involved in improving our services.

Please do get in touch with us to discuss how you can help.

We are also looking for new talented people to help run our services, so please do look at our Work for us pages and see if there is an opportunity for you to come and work with us.

Who to contact? 

Programme Lead: Graham Webb

Programme Manager: Steven Manning ​​​​​​​

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