Mental Health Services
In its Strategy 'Working Together for a Healthier Nottingham', Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has identified improving Mental Health Services as one of the six priority areas where transformational change will be delivered.
Nottingham City CCG has committed to improving staff skills and knowledge, and access to more services in Primary Care. They will be working in conjunction with all providers in order to develop efficient and effective pathways of care, promote services to those at the greatest risk of poor mental health, support parity of esteem and improve the transition for patients going into or coming out of acute services.
As part of this work, Nottingham City CCG have designed and commissioned a pilot service to provide qualified Mental Health Practitioners in Primary Care settings. A team of Community Psychiatric Nurses (CPN's) will work closely with GPs, Neighbourhood Teams, Care Delivery Groups and other relevant services (such as third sector providers) to ensure each patient receives holistic care that supports both their mental and physical health.
This service will be provided by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHCFT). As a project, we have been working with the CCG and NHCFT to influence the design of the service model. This is to ensure that it improves access to, and engagement with mental health services for marginalised groups (including those with multiple and complex needs) who struggle to access support via mainstream routes.
As part of our involvement, we have agreed to allocate resource to this service, and we will be funding a CPN post. Moving forward, we will refer our Beneficiaries directly to a CPN if required to ensure they receive the appropriate mental ill health care and support. This approach will also involve a significant amount of joint working, and we have agreed a number of deliverables as part of the system model. These include: being flexible with regard to appointment location ensuring it is suitable for the Beneficiary, CPN participation in Opportunity Nottingham meetings and training including the Practice Development Unit, and working to adopt and implement any learns identified via the Opportunity Nottingham System Change Agenda into daily working practices.
The service will officially launch on Friday 28th October 2016.