The NHS Long Term Plan sets out an ambitious programme of investment and transformation for Mental Health Services over the period 2019-2024 and a significant element of this focusses on improving the community mental health care offer. Significant, multi-million-pound investment has been identified for this and local, cross-sector partners have come together to start planning these improvements and investments.
The VCSE sector has a crucial role to play in this transformation. The ambition is to create blended teams of health, social care and VCSE staff; working together, and with local communities, to improve the mental and physical health of populations.
A VCSE briefing session took place in January but if you didn’t manage to join that here is Nicola Bromage, Interim Head of Strategic Commissioning for Staffordshire’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) providing a really helpful introduction.
The next phase of workshops are focussed on local engagement around the Primary Care Networks (groups of GP practices) who are taking part in the year one developments.
These sessions are to engage with local VCSE organisations plus Local Authority, Borough commissioned services, and district vulnerability hubs/community safety contacts. They will focus on exploring Health Inequalities affecting service users with serious mental health illness.
The sessions will be hosted by North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust who are seeking participation from organisations who can offer insight into the lives of their beneficiaries with serious mental illness. The aim is to identify what the particular (rather than the general) barriers and inequalities of access to services, or outcomes from illness might be for residents in these places, which could pertain to any aspect of their lives or individual identities.
There are four sessions which you can book onto as follows:
Whitfield (covering practices in Baddeley Green, Milton, Norton, Smallthorne & Endon)
Wednesday 10/03/21 14:00 pm (1.5 hours)
Monday 15/03/21 11:00 am (1.5 hours)
Leek and Biddulph
Wednesday 24/03/21 13:00 pm (1.5 hours)
Wednesday 24/03/21 15.00 pm (1.5 hours)
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