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Revamped mental health sites given targets to cut out of area care


26 June 2017

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Eleven areas have been chosen to test new approaches to mental health care in an effort to cut the number of people who have to travel long distances for care.

The pilot sites are made up from NHS mental health trusts, independent sector and charitable organisations, which will share a local budget to reorganise services.

Local managers and clinicians will take charge of managing budgets and providing inpatient and specialised mental health services, tailoring them to their area’s individual needs.

Eleven areas have been chosen to test new approaches to mental health care in an effort to cut the number of people who have to travel long distances for care.

The pilot sites are made up from NHS mental health trusts, independent sector and charitable organisations, which will share a local budget to reorganise services.

Local managers and clinicians will take charge of managing budgets and providing inpatient and specialised mental health services, tailoring them to their area’s individual needs.

The sites form the second wave of the programme, which was first launched with six sites in April 2017.

The second wave will launch in two phases, one from 1 October and another from April 2018, and includes CAMHS and adult mental health services.

The total budget of the programme across both waves is approximately £640m, representing 35% of the specialised commissioning mental health budget.

The savings will be reinvested in new local services including crisis and home treatment teams, supported housing and additional beds.

NHS England’s National Director for Mental Health, Claire Murdoch, said: ‘By using savings to increase the availability of services in the community and ensuring the right beds are in the right place, we aim to ensure that those who need it will be able to receive the best care and treatment at home or as close to home as possible.

‘These sites have a fantastic opportunity to really tailor their mental health care around local people – helping to drive down the numbers traveling long distances and improving local services for patients.

The full list of sites are:

CAMHS

  • Surrey & Borders Partnerships FT: Sussex Partnership FT; Cygnet Health Care; Elysium Healthcare; Huntercombe Group; Priory Healthcare and Partnerships in Care
  • Northumberland, Tyne & Wear FT
  • Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust: Bradford District Care FT; Leeds and York Partnership FT and South West Yorkshire Partnership FT
  • Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust
  • South London Mental Health and Community Partnership: Oxleas FT, South London and Maudsley FT, and South London and St George’s Mental Health Trust

Adult Secure

  • Mersey Care FT: Cheshire and Wirral Partnership FT; NW Boroughs FT; Elysium Health Care and Cygnet Health Care
  • Sussex Partnership FT: Kent & Medway Partnership Trust and Surrey & Borders Partnership FT
  • Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys FT: Northumberland, Tyne and Wear FT
  • Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Trust: Central and North West London; NELFT; East London and West London Mental Health

Adult ED

  • Leeds and York Partnership FT: Bradford District Care FT and South West Yorkshire Partnership FT
  • Oxford Health FT: Avon & Wiltshire FT; Berkshire Healthcare FT; Surrey & Borders Partnership FT; Southern Health FT and 2gether FT
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