EPCMHS Briefing and Workshop 24th February

Enhanced Primary Care Mental Health Service (EPCMHS) VCS Engagement Workshop Event details:

Date….  Wednesday 24th February
Time…. 9.15am for a 9.30 start to finish by 12noon
Venue….St Peter’s Baptist Church, Eden Close, WorcesterWR5 3TZ

Enhanced Primary Care Mental Health Service (EPCMHS) Development Update

Thank you to those of you who have shown an interest in the developments around the Enhanced Primary Care Mental Health Service, now known as Worcestershire Healthy Minds.

Following the recent workshops we wanted to write to you all to provide some further clarity on the plans from April 2016, the interaction between statutory services and the voluntary sector, and the way we would like to work with organisations like yours to provide a better all-round service for people who are struggling to maintain their mental well-being.

Back in September 2015 we re-launched the Primary Care Mental Health Service as Worcestershire Healthy Minds. We went live with a new website which includes opportunities for people to self-refer onto some of our groups and courses which support those experiencing more common mental health problems, such as anxiety, stress, worry and low mood.

Phase 2 of this will be operational from April and will include the countywide single point of access (SPA) and a virtual well-being hub which will signpost people to suitable groups and courses. An online resource directory, housing information and details of the opportunities provided by voluntary organisations will also be established. In addition funding has been allocated for specific Moodmaster and peer support services.

We will be looking to build capacity for Moodmaster by offering it in each of the 6 districts across the county.  The courses will be rolling programmes open to anyone eligible (aged 16+).  There is a total budget of £30,000 to provide Moodmaster.

The peer support service will focus on supporting those people who are moving from secondary to primary care mental health services.  This service will again have countywide coverage and will be delivered by voluntary sector providers in each locality. There is a total budget of £50,000 for Peer Support.

There is currently no additional funding available for any services beyond these at this stage. It is worth reiterating that there is no new monies to fund these developments and the new model is paid for by reinvestment of £500,000 of secondary care mental health funding into primary care.

So how will it work in practice?

Referrers, so GPs or other healthcare professionals, will contact the SPA if they have someone in front of them who is experiencing mental health difficulties and needs further help. The SPA will be staffed with mental health professionals who will carry out an initial assessment and will refer into the appropriate health service, this might be Worcestershire Healthy Minds, or one of the secondary care services.

The Wellbeing Hub will provide a ‘virtual’ centralised non-clinical access point for information, available by telephone, email, and via the new website.   It will provide signposting to other mental wellbeing services which are provided by voluntary sector organisations.

To fit the aim of county wide provision, the Wellbeing Hub will be delivered in partnership with Community First as the accountable body for the VCS who will support and facilitate the provision of community wellbeing programmes. It is expected that once the Wellbeing Hub is fully implemented and clearly embedded in the new model the opportunity to run this will be opened up to the VCS through a proportionate market testing process.

The role of the voluntary sector

There are many services within the community providing essential support to people experiencing mental health difficulties.  In order for the wellbeing hub to work effectively we need to build up a directory of community mental well-being resources so that people in need of services can access what they need through accurate signposting. This online directory will be hosted on the Worcestershire Healthy Minds website and so will be accessible online either by staff in the well-being hub, or by people accessing the site themselves.

In order to promote community services via the directory we will soon be requesting up to date information on your organisation, a brief description of the courses and support provided, the days and times they are available and contact details. This can then be added to the directory.  We are currently liaising with Your Life Your Choice to avoid unnecessary duplication.

We are still finalising the criteria for groups/organisations to meet to be on the directory and some initial discussions have taken place at the recent workshops. There will be a further opportunity to help us define that criteria and we’ll be communicating with you when these details are finalised.

We hope this provides further clarification, and that you will be joining us at the final event in February to take this work forward

Amanda Wright



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