Working with communities to improve the mental health, resilience and wellbeing of people in Lancashire and South Cumbria is one of our partnership priorities.
Our ambition in Lancashire and South Cumbria is that mental health and wellbeing is considered of equal importance to physical health in all of our communities. When citizens require more support, they should be able to access an effective range of age-appropriate mental health services. At present, there is variation in access, provision and clinical outcomes.
Review of urgent mental health services across Lancashire and South Cumbria
Since early 2018 there has been a significant increase in the demand for mental health services across Lancashire and South Cumbria.
The increase in demand has led to people waiting too long for admission to hospital and has also had an impact on the ambulance service and police.
On behalf of all partners, including NHS, local authority, voluntary and charity organisations, police and other emergency services, Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria commissioned an independent review of urgent mental health services. This is because it was clear that no single organisation could provide a solution on its own.
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, a mental health care provider recognised as ‘outstanding’ led the review. They spoke to 100 service users and carers, 105 members of staff, 50 GPs and more than 60 staff from voluntary, community and faith organisations.
The final report can be viewed and downloaded by clicking the button below as well as the Stakeholder Briefing and a summary of the report.