Mental health services are really important to us, because we know there is no health without mental health.
NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (WF CCG) is actively working with the local authority (London Borough of Waltham Forest), NELFT, primary care and third sector providers to meet the standards and requirements set in NHS Five Year Forward View plan.
The CCG and Local authority have worked together and have established a Lead Commissioning arrangement for mental health services.
This is reducing the fragmentation of service commissioning and the delivery of a seamless pathway of health and care that makes important connections with services that have an impact on the wider determinants of health.
The following key priorities have been identified for Mental Health services:
- Commission Recovery College for mental health users - a new service to improve independence and self- management
- Increase the number of mental health service users in employment
- Recommission mental health supported accommodation services
- Review housing pathways
- Develop and outcome based specification for mental health services
- Complete single point of access (SPA)
- Develop Dementia Hub for patients and carers.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) project board
A project board made up of senior managers across the CCG, Local Authority (LA) and NELFT has been formed to identify and manage the issues and risks within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).
The partnership organisations (CCG, LA and NELFT) have undertaken work to develop an understanding of local need. This has included mapping current services and building an understanding of service capacity.
There has been additional investment in the CAMHS service and as a result of this additional investment from the CCG in 2018/19, six additional workers have been recruited and the waiting list is reducing.
However, it has been established that more additional resource is still required to bring down the current waiting time for CAMHS referrals.
In light of this, the partnership is working to secure funding to recruit additional workforce into CAMHS.