Redesigning Secondary Care Mental Health Services UPDATE

During February and March 2016, a series of workshops were held to begin the re-design of Adult Secondary Care Mental Health services.  The re-design was necessary to meet a range of financial challenges that required savings of £1,880,412 from the adult mental health service budget.

After three workshops, five clear, recurrent themes emerged that focused on the future structure of services.  The five recurrent themes were as follows:

  1. Reduced in patient acute wards with facilities to be centralised or provided north and south
  2. In patient wards with a clear function to provide both intensive triage/assessment and treatment for the acutely mentally ill
  3. Alternative provision in the form of locally available crisis beds or safe houses and recovery/rehab focussed step down
  4. Increased and improved home treatment provision to care for more people in their own home
  5. Specialist community mental health teams with a clear function and remit to provide services to patients with serious mental illness

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