Funding boost for community mental health services

CPFT Chief Exec welcomes £3.5m plan 

Funding boost for community mental health services
30 September 2019

Additional funding to improve community mental health services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has today been welcomed.

The Government has announced Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is one of 12 areas across the country chosen to pilot projects aimed at improving support for patients.

The funding – worth around £3.5m over the next two years – has been given by NHS England to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, the collective of local NHS organisations which are working together to enhance treatment and care for people.

Tracy Dowling, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health services, (pictured) said: “This is welcome news for patients and for our dedicated frontline staff.

“Mental ill health will affect one in four people during their lifetime and it is closely linked with physical health.

“This extra funding will mean we can further improve the great work being done by our Primary Care Mental Health Service, that works alongside GPs, and improve overall access to treatment for people with serious mental illness or personality disorder via our community mental health teams.”

Dr Emma Tiffin, Adult Clinical Mental Health Lead at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, said: "We are delighted to have secured additional funding from Government that will allow us to pilot our new community mental health model, building upon the CCG-funded trailblazing Primary Care Mental Health service (PCMHS) that incorporates mental health nurses within GP surgeries and integrates with Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind’s (CPSL Mind) Good Life Project that we already fund jointly with the Local Authorities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

“We believe the expansion to this service will make a significant, positive impact to people living with a mental health need in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

“Our aim is to make sure local people feel supported at every stage of their journey, with a care plan that brings together the key elements of support, not only from our community mental health teams, but also from the local authorities, third sector and wider healthcare system.”

The funding will see additional staff recruited to CPFT's Primary Care Mental Health Service (PCMHS) teams.

The Trust launched the service for those aged 17 to 65 years old two years ago basing specialist mental health staff within every GP surgery in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The success of the service was highlighted in the NHS Long-Term Plan.

The pilot project, which will be run over the next two years at surgeries in Peterborough, will see social workers and peer support workers join the service to help people with physical health and social care needs.

There are also plans to increase the numbers of specialist mental health staff working with the Trust’s personality disorder teams.


For more information contact:

Andy Burrows
Media Manager

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
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