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Still time to have your say on future of mental health services

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Since March, NHS organisations in Cheshire have been asking for your views on the future of adult and older people’s specialist mental health services – and there is still time to have your say.

There are approximately 7,000 adults and older people from a population of 480,000 across Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire and Vale Royal who receive care and support from specialist mental health services.

Local NHS partners are proposing a redesign of these services as a result of user and carer feedback, along with recent audit recommendations and inspections.

Through the proposed redesign the local NHS CCGs hope to:

– Provide new services so that there is better access for people to help keep them well and active in the community

– Provide much greater choice of services for those in, or at risk of, crisis

– Support people with dementia and those who care for them to stay in their own surroundings

Research has indicated the service users and their carers want responsive community services available 24/7 and they do not want to be admitted to hospital unless it is absolutely necessary.

The CCGs have developed a set of proposals that puts early intervention and prevention at the heart of adult and older people’s specialist mental health services to provide:

– An improved community mental health service that helps people get better more quickly and prevents hospital admissions

– A 24-hour crisis support service for people who are acutely unwell

– A dementia outreach service that visits people in their own homes

– An improved experience for people who need hospital care.

Dr Teresa Strefford, GP and clinical director for commissioning, said: “What we are proposing is a redesign of services to significantly improve mental health support, with a focus on early prevention and also more choice.

“With the right range of service, most people can be supported very effectively in the community. 95 per cent of the 7,000 people we currently support with specialist mental health needs receive that care in the community and we want to improve it.”

She added: “The proposed new model of care would also provide much greater choice of services for those in, or at risk of, crisis, and support people with dementia and those who care for them to stay in their own surroundings.

“It is really important that we hear your views and experiences, you can do this by booking on to and attending one of our public events or by filling in our online survey.”

Public events are taking place:

26th April 2018 (6.30pm) – Crewe Alexandra Football Club
3rd May 2018 (2.30pm) – Macclesfield Town Football Club
4th May 2018 (2.30pm) – Middlewich, Canalside Conference Centre
23rd May 2018 (6.30pm) – Macclesfield Town Football Club

To attend one of these meetings, please pre-book by filling in the form on one of the CCG websites.

www.easterncheshireccg.nhs.uk

www.southcheshireccg.nhs.uk

www.valeroyalccg.nhs.uk

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