Together for Mental Health in Cwm Taf
Please help us to decide on our future priorities
We need YOUR HELP to find the RIGHT priorities for Mental Health Services in Cwm Taf.
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Here is some information about the Welsh Government’s Together for Mental Health Strategy.
The Cwm Taf ‘Together for Mental Health’ Partnership Board brings together partners to improve mental health and emotional wellbeing in Cwm Taf.
The Together for Mental Health Cwm Taf Local Partnership Board Annual Report 2013 – 14 describes what they have done and what they want to do.
The Partnership Board has to decide what they want to do in the future and they have to ask the community for their help is deciding what is most important.
Here are some of the things they have said they want to do in the Report:
Chapter 1 ‘Promoting Better Well Being and Preventing Mental Health Problems’
To support Valleys Steps to provide open and free access to depression busting and mindfulness courses as an innovative development that, if successful, will support the reduction of anti-depressant prescribing and the associated cost, while at the same time improving accessibility to timely appropriate interventions.
Chapter 2 ‘A New Partnership with the Public’
Within the next 12 months we will ensure that we achieve and maintain compliance with the Care and Treatment Planning and ensure service users are effectively supported to coproduce their plans, achieve their goals and maintain their recovery.
Chapter 3 ‘A Well Designed, Fully Integrated Network of Care’
- In the next 12 months we will ensure all are able to staff complete psychological therapies training and are provided with adequate supervision and support to facilitate improved access to psychological interventions. We will also complete development of fully staffed general hospital psychiatric liaison.
- We will consult CAMHS service specifications shortly will follow this with an implementation plan to support service reconfiguration.
- The Partnership Board is also committed to undertaking further work to complete a comprehensive community wide engagement process that will empower the Together for Mental Health Partnership Board by identifying the key local priorities which it will be expected to deliver.
Chapter 4 ‘One System to Improve Mental Health’
- The Board has recognised that further work is required to improve access to accommodation for people with needs related to mental health and work will be undertaken to ensure this is given priority on all local accommodation planning and commissioning groups.
- Building on current work we will continue to explore opportunities for collaboration between statutory and third sector services to develop a coproduced ‘Recovery College’ type model that supports access to education and training for services users, carers and our staff.
- We will ensure the reconfiguration of Older Peoples Mental Health Services and development of ‘dementia friendly communities’ will support older people with dementia to enjoy meaningful activities whether living at home or being supported in a residential or nursing care setting.
Chapter 5 ‘Delivering for Mental Health’
- While the Partnership Board are delighted with the progress that we’ve made to date we also recognise that further work is required not least because of the insightful contributions and determination of our service user and carer representatives who are ensuring that the Board remain focused on delivery of both the high level outcomes identified in the strategy and the priorities they have identified locally.
The Cwm Taf Together for Mental Health Partnership Board wants to ask your views to help decide on what is most important. Some things are important and there is a lot being done.
The Partnership Board want to work on those things that are most important, especially where not a lot has been done yet or there is a lot more to do.
The Partnership Board already has a list of important things, called priorities, they want to consider.
- National priorities identified with Welsh Government
- Local priorities identified by the partners on the Mental Health Partnership Board
- Priorities identified as a concern by service users and carers.
These are as follows:
Welsh Government Priorities
- Children and young people services through the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. CAMHS are specialist NHS services. They offer assessment and treatment when children and young people have emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.
- Mental Health Measure Targets – the Partnership Board through local health boards and local authorities have legal duties about how they assess and treat mental health problems. For example, all patients in secondary services (for example, a hospital) receive a care and treatment plan.
- Improving access to Psychological Therapies (for example, talking therapies such as CBT)
- Older People’s Mental Health
- Suicide and Self Harm
Applying themes of co-production, early intervention and community based services to all of the above
- Children and young people services
- Mental Health Measure Targets
- Accommodation – where people live has an impact on their psychological well-being, and good quality accommodation is essential
- Older People’s Mental Health
- Maintaining Wellbeing – stopping people becoming unwell and 5 ways to wellbeing – evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing.
- Suicide and Self harm and the ‘Talk2Me’ Strategy
- Community Services – services that reduce peoples need to use Health and Social Care Services, including the Social Services and Well Being Act and Intermediate Care Fund Initiatives
Ongoing themes include quality and patient safety and availability or resources
Service user and Carer Priorities
- Access to Psychological Therapies
- Involvement in Care and Treatment Planning
- Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment
- Discharge Planning
Themes include improving engagement and communication (including information and advice)
Links to Further Information
- Mental Health Cwm Taf Local Partnership Board Annual Report 2013 – 14
- Five Ways to Wellbeing http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/improve-mental-wellbeing.aspx
- Social Care and Wellbeing Act
- Intermediate Care Fund http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2015/01/28/welsh-government-allocates-extra-20m-health-social-care-integration-schemes/
- Talk2Me (Suicide and Self Harm) Strategy
- An explanation of what is the Together Mental Health Strategy
- You Tube (ITV Wales) – News clip on Together for Mental Health https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sysrycrzBGM