Opportunity to improve urgent mental health care

Opportunity to improve urgent mental health care
04 February 2016

The mental health Vanguard project aims to improve the way urgent mental health care is delivered locally.                        

The project, developed over the last few months, will implement a new model of care to make it easier for people to access 24/7 mental health crisis support and treatment. It will also create new jobs at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT).

The move comes after NHS England chose commissioners Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group to become one of eight Vanguard sites across the country to pilot ways to reduce the pressure on A&E departments. There is national funding attached to the Vanguard to help fund the changes, however this funding is non-recurrent so it is vital that we develop a service model which is financially and therefore can be commissioned longer term.

How will this work?

The project is being rolled-out in three phases. Phase One is a six-month pilot of a first response service that will provide an urgent crisis response to mental health referrals in the emergency system by co-ordinating out-of-hours mental health support and providing specialist advice. The pilot will take place in Cambridge and will allow us to review mental health referrals into the emergency system and evaluate the benefits of a community-based crisis service, before the model is fully rolled out.

What does Phase One include and where are we up to?

• A system-wide first response co-ordinator to support out-of-hour referrals
This post is being recruited to.

• A first response practitioner in Cambridge to provide assessments in the community out-of-hours
These roles are currently being advertised on NHS jobs.

• Enhanced mental health support in Addenbrooke’s between the hours of 8am – 1am, seven days a week
This is currently being developed together with colleagues from Addenbrooke’s.

• Creation of a ‘Safe Place’, run by the third sector, offering short-term support for people in mental health crisis
Mind has been commissioned to provide the venue and we are working closely with other local third sector organisations to develop and staff the service.

• Joint working with the new integrated mental health team in the Police Control Room to offer mental health advice and guidance to police across the county

We are also working with colleagues to develop an enhanced crisis service for children and young people.

How can I get involved?

We want to hear from people locally what they think about our ideas and what would make a difference to them or the people they care for.

We are holding our first series of events for people to come and share their views. The dates are:

- 15 February – 4pm-5pm: Conference suite, Cavell centre, Peterborough, PE3 9GZ
- 17 February – 4pm-5pm: Huntingdon room, Newtown centre, Huntingdon, PE29 3RJ
- 22 February – 4pm-5pm: Conference Hall, Block 20a, Ida Darwin, Cambridge, CB21 5EE
- 24 February – 4pm-5pm: Training room, Cavell Centre, Peterborough, PE3 9GZ
- 7 March – 4pm-5pm: Pathfinder House, St Mary’s Street, Huntingdon, Cambs, PE29 3TN Civic Suite
- 8 March – 4pm-5pm: Boardroom, Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge, CB21 5EF

To book a place or for more information please contact communications@cpft.nhs.uk or call 01223 726760. We will reimburse travel expenses in line with the CPFT policy.

If you aren’t able to attend we still want to hear your views. Please help us by completing our short survey by clicking https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/73F7R7C 


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

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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