Increase proactive community support for people with serious and long-term mental health needs, and improve their physical health to help them live full and healthy lives in their communities.
What we have achieved so far:
- Developed new ways of working to provide better care for people with serious and long term mental health needs.
We will continue to:
- make sure patients have 24/7 liaison psychiatry support when arriving in A&E
- offer more intensive GP support to address the physical health issues of people with serious and long-term mental health needs
- support people, with their families and carers, to manage their own mental health and wellbeing in the community
- fully coordinate health and social care mental health teams to offer multi-disciplinary support for all levels of need
- put in place community-based alternatives to hospital mental health beds
- have a 24/7 single-point-of-access for support and assessment for people in crisis.
It is better for people because:
- service users say they prefer being looked after in the community
- people will receive more appropriate, tailored and personal care
- service users will spend less time in hospital, and not lose contact with community life
- people’s social care needs will be met, with a massive impact on mental health and wellbeing.
It is better for the health and care system because:
- health facilities and social care expertise will be used more efficiently
- improving people’s mental health improves their ability to manage their own physical health, reducing demand on other services.
- over 23,000 people in NW London have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and/or psychosis - rates that are double the national average
- around 60 per cent of people diagnosed with a serious mental illness in NW London, such as schizophrenia or psychosis, are not receiving multi-disciplinary support.
- better physical health for people with serious and long-term mental health needs
- shorter stays in, and less demand for, mental health hospital beds for people with serious and long-term mental health needs.