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Mental Health

Mental health is a priority in Lancashire and South Cumbria, we are building upon our strong track record of diagnosing conditions early and giving people the help they need.

We are improving community mental health services to reduce hospital admissions as we know people recover quicker whilst maintaining their support networks. When it comes to very specialised mental health needs, such as psychosis, perinatal mental health or eating disorders, we will make sure we have the facilities and professionals in the right place. We will make sure people do not have to travel out of the region to stay in a mental health facility, unless this is medically necessary.

NHS England produced the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health which outlines recommendations and intentions for mental health care nationally, from this we have developed two core priorities based on the needs of local people in Lancashire and South Cumbria, read more about them below.


Priority 1: A 7 day NHS – right care, right time, right quality

  • No acute hospital in Lancashire and South Cumbria should be without all-age mental health liaison services in emergency departments and inpatient wards, and at least 50 per cent of acute hospitals should be meeting the ‘core 24’ service standard as a minimum.
  • A 24/7 community-based mental health crisis response should be available in all areas across Lancashire and South Cumbria and should be adequately resourced to offer intensive home treatment as an alternative to an acute inpatient admission. For adults, Our system is looking to invest to expand Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Teams (CRHTTs) and we will also ensure that these services are in place for children and young people. This would be as an equivalent model or by working different in our existing.
  • At least 10% fewer people should take their own lives through investment in local multi-agency suicide reduction plans. Lancashire and South Cumbria is one of eight regions set to benefit from the funding. The £1.2m funding will be used in the next 2 years locally to deliver targeted prevention campaigns for men; psychological support for people with financial difficulties; better care after discharge and improved self-harm services for all ages.
  • The funds are set to improve suicide prevention strategies, signposting and raising awareness through to improving quality for safer services and will help drive better surveillance and collection of data on suicide, attempted suicide and self-harm.
  • Community Mental Health Teams

Priority 2: An integrated approach to mental and physical health care

  • 30,000 additional women each year should have access to evidence-based specialist mental health care during the perinatal period. Women living in Lancashire and South Cumbria will be able to access new specialist community perinatal mental health teams that can offer psychiatric and psychological assessments and care for women with complex or severe mental health problems during the perinatal period. They can also provide pre-conception advice for women with a current or past severe mental illness who are planning a pregnancy.
  • There should be an increase in access to evidence-based psychological therapies to reach 25 per cent of need so that at least 600,000 more adults with anxiety and depression can access care (and 350,000 complete treatment) each year. There should be a focus on helping people who are living with long-term physical health conditions or who are unemployed. There must also be investment to increase access to psychological therapies for people with psychosis, bipolar disorder and personality disorder.
  • 280,000 more people living with severe mental illness have their physical health needs met by increasing early detection and expanding access to evidence-based physical care assessment and intervention.
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