Shake Up Of Mental Health Services Across Suffolk

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Shake Up Of Mental Health Services Across Suffolk

After the main mental health provider in Suffolk, Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) was put in special measures for the third time; the county’s clinical commissioning groups have constructed a new model. This new system aims to provide quick access support both for patients and professionals.

Chief Officer Dr Ed Garratt said of the new strategy, “We want to make sure people who become unwell can get help quickly, by building support in the community and around primary health, and avoid the need for a hospital stay, as well as making specialist and crisis support easier to access.”

If approved, the new strategy would include giving each GP surgery in the Ipswich, east Suffolk and west Suffolk CCG areas access to a ‘named linked worker’. There would also be a new crisis model, which would see NHS teams work together to prevent mental health issues escalating. This model would include at-home treatment teams, police triage and psychiatric liaison services being adopted

There has been hard-hitting data from Suffolk County Council’s mental health needs assessment that revealed that the rate of people being rushed to A & E after self-harming was higher than in Suffolk than in the whole of England for that year.

Councillors in Suffolk recently grilled the people heading up NSFT. The Chief Operating Officer Stuart Richardson of NSFT admitted the trust needed a ‘culture change’. He said, ‘We absolutely recognise the faults identified by the CQC in their November report. We are completely committed to resolving the issues pointed out.’