NHS Long Term Plan commits to higher funding and support for mental health

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Earlier this week, the NHS Long Term Plan was published, outlining new service models to ensure that the right care can be provided at the right time for those in need over the next ten years.

In summary, the report makes a commitment to:

  • Expand support for perinatal mental health conditions
  • Increase funding for children and young people’s mental health
  • Spend at least £2.3bn more a year on mental health care
  • Help 380,000 more people get therapy for depression and anxiety by 2023/24
  • Deliver community-based physical and mental care for 370,000 people with severe mental illness a year by 2023/24

Elysium’s Clinical Director for the Midlands, Phil Coombes, explains what this means for our service users and others in need of mental health treatment:

“It has been positive to see that Mental health and its complexity across the entire spectrum has been recognised in the latest NHS 10 year plan. Highlighting the need to ensure that pathways are more joined up through the NHS and its partners mirrors our values and goals in being able to treat progress and discharge patients as quickly and safely as possible.

Pathways are key to ensuring that patients only stay in hospital for the least amount of time to gain the specialist treatment needed. The call for tighter controls and outcome measures is great news for all concerned, and will lead to improved quality and more advancements in effective interventions. A long held focus of Elysium Healthcare has been the review and evaluation of its pathways and interventions as this has to be the cornerstone to ensuring quality and effective provision of highest quality services to patients.

More latterly there has been an increased focus on developing and enhancing high quality psychologically led services, ensuring that service users not only leave our services with a number of skills to support them in the community, but also having addressed the underlying complex difficulties utilising NiCE guided evidence based interventions. The creation and implementation of the WISHE pathway allows this to be carried on and reviewed into step down services and into the community, allowing smooth transitions from medium secure care to the community to allow the greatest chance of successful discharge.

The recognition of pathways that include service users and their families to progress out of services sits fundamentally in the recent work we have conducted around service user, friends and family engagement, with 2019 set to build on the success of our 2018 service user conference and increased access to networks for service users and families. The launch of the ‘expert by experience’ post within the organisation to enhance quality and understanding of services from a service user perspective is an exciting venture that encompasses a number of areas laid out in the 10 year plan.

Success has already been noted with the implementation of new care models, allowing for efficiencies in out of area placement reduction, single point of assessment and more cohesive joined up thinking about referral and admissions specialist provision, recognising specialist skill sets and allowing earlier intervention for shorter periods of time as an inpatient. Elysium Healthcare have worked closely with the NHS and provider colleagues to ensure that we are helping ensure our service users’ needs are firmly understood and met within such changes.

The delivery of high quality specialist, outcome focused care as close to home as possible is the goal that we continue to work towards and deliver across all of our services. Discharge planning from admission and joined up pathways between services and service users will continue to be a focus for us. Taking what works across different levels of security gives patients the sense of certainty that wherever they move in their pathway throughout Elysium services, the underpinning models and quality of compassionate care will be continued with staff trained in key interventions and compassion at the heart of all that is delivered.

We are looking forward to seeing new and existing new care models come together into a true single system of care, with less barriers and more points of access to good quality, timely and effective care.”