NHS leaders have issued a statement thanking people who commented on proposals to redesign care for people with severe mental ill health in Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire and Vale Royal.
They pledged to take full account of the public’s views before any decision is made in November.
Meanwhile, the independent report of the findings of the 12-week public consultation has been published this week.
Thousands of people engaged in the consultation on proposals to redesign specialist mental health services for adults and older people experiencing severe mental ill health across community and hospital care settings.
The findings of a survey forming part of the consultation were analysed independently by the University of Chester while feedback from the seven public meetings, 26 community events and numerous items of correspondence was analysed independently by NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit.
Full consideration to feedback received will help in developing a decision-making business case that will be presented in November to the governing bodies of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, NHS South Cheshire CCG and NHS Vale Royal CCG.
The findings show support for the development of a new care model to improve outcomes for people with severe mental ill health, which includes a proposed crisis service and dementia support service to care for people in the community.
However, there was concern that some people would have to travel further to visit loved ones in hospital if some inpatient services were transferred from Macclesfield to Chester.
The findings, published on the websites of all the consultation partners, will also be presented and discussed at a number of meetings held in public over the coming month.
|Tues 25 Sept||Cheshire East Health and Wellbeing Board|
|Wed 26 Sept||NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG Governing Body|
|Thur 27 Sept||Cheshire East Council Health, Adult Social Care and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee|
|Fri 28 Sept||Cheshire CCGs’ Joint Commissioning Committee|
|Thur 4 Oct||NHS South Cheshire CCG & NHS Vale Royal CCG Governing Bodies’ meeting|
|Mon 15 Oct||Cheshire West & Chester Council People’s Scrutiny Meeting|
The CCGs stressed that the decision-making business case will take full account of the consultation findings, including any additional ideas and suggestions, plus other factors set out in the pre-consultation business case available at www.easterncheshireccg.nhs.uk.
These issues include: clinical safety, affordability and compliance with national best practice.
They again stated that no decisions will be made until November.
Dr Paul Bowen, clinical chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG and GP with McIlvride Medical Practice in Poynton, said: “We are grateful to the many people who took part in the consultation to redesign specialist mental health services for the 7,000 or so people in Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire and Vale Royal who need care every year for severe mental ill health.
“The aim of the proposals is to ensure that service users get the best possible care, within the resources available, to help them thrive and not just survive.”
He added: “The three commissioning groups are now giving full consideration to the independent analyses of findings.
“No decision has been made or will be made until a decision-making business case is presented to the governing bodies of the commissioning groups in November.”
The consultation, on services for a population of around 480,000 people, was run by the three CCGs in partnership with Cheshire and Wirral Partnership (CWP) NHS Foundation Trust. CWP is the main provider of the area’s mental health services.
Local MP David Rutley, who is campaigning against the removal of mental health beds from the town, recently joined members of East Cheshire Mental Health Forum to deliver a petition of over 2,800 signatures from local residents.
The group is calling on local health service leaders to commit to retaining adult inpatient mental health beds in Macclesfield.
For more information on the consultation, visit www.easterncheshireccg.nhs.uk and search under ‘Consultations’.