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.
As part of the next steps there are a couple of workshops coming up for you to get involved in:
VCSE Workshop on Community Mental Health Transformation – People with Multiple Needs
Monday 1st March at 1:30pm
Apologies for the short notice on this event but the programme is working to ambitious and tight timescales. This session will be led by Combined Healthcare for the whole system (Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent).
To join the session just click here to join the meeting on MS Teams. You do not need to book.
We will continue to keep you informed as this exciting transformation develops.
Community Mental Health Transformation for VCSE – Procurement
3rd March 3-4:30 pm
“We want the wider voluntary sector not just to be involved in our plans, but to be a central feature. We will be ring-fencing investment to enable the sector to be a central part of the expanded provision of community services and early in the process, we have engaged with representatives of the sector to work with us over the three year period. We would like to hear from community, charity, voluntary and social enterprise organisations across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent, about the best ways for us to mobilise this ring-fenced funding.