This is the biggest transformation of mental health services in a generation.
The transformation of community mental health services is in response to the NHS England Long-Term Plan, which tasked health and social care to develop new, more joined-up, ways of delivering care in the community for people with severe mental illnesses.
This is the first time that we are not being asked to do more with less; with a significant investment received, local services will come together as one team, including mental health, partners from social care, primary care, and voluntary community and social enterprise services (VCSE). This collaborative way of working will:
- Improve communication and information sharing
- Minimise duplication
- Address current gaps in services
- Maximise the use of available resource in the system
- Reduce system pressures
- Improve the outcomes and experience for patients.