Transforming services for adults with mental health needs

NHS England’s Five Year Forward View (FYFV) for Mental Health, published in February 2016, sets out an agenda for change over the next few years.

It supports:

  • A shift towards prevention

And aims

  • To transform NHS care
  • To change the experiences and life chances of people with mental health problems

Because more people are now accessing mental health support than ever before, providing enough local services has become a challenge.

The FYFV sets out the progress needed to improve services and address inequalities across a range of mental health conditions. Across health and social care in Norfolk, commissioners are focussing on supported living and community services to meet needs more effectively and make better use of resources available.

In addition to the FYFV, we have developed our approach to support local people. The ‘promoting independence’ strategy aims to help people stay well in their homes and communities.

We are working with the five Norfolk & Waveney NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)together with the mental health trust, service users and carers, and organisations which provide services, to transform adult mental health services.

We want to see the following changes which will improve the mental health of people in Norfolk:

  • Provide support for people with complex needs which ‘does with‘ them rather than ’does to’ them. We know from experience in other areas that this helps to reduce crises and supports recovery, both short-term and long-term
  • Provide more joined-up services to meet physical and mental health needs
  • Shift the focus of support to keeping people well and preventing illness. We want to draw on individuals’ and community strengths, including through peer support from people with experience of mental illness
  • Increase supported housing places so that people with complex needs can live more independently in the community. This includes providing more support from mental health professionals in these services

We aim to link these developments with Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s (NSFT) Clinical Strategy, including the review of NSFT’s acute hospital services, and with other local NHS services funded by the CCGs.

In general, there will be a focus on service providers working together to join-up around individuals.

Find out how we are working to transform services for adults with mental health needs.