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Deciding Together: a new future for specialist mental health services in Newcastle and Gateshead

A public consultation seeking the views of local people on the different ways specialist mental health services could be arranged

Patients and families are being invited to share their views on options for the future of NHS specialist mental health services in Newcastle and Gateshead.

Deciding Together, which will be launched by NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on 12 November, will also gather feedback from carers, mental health professionals and service providers about the best ways to arrange services in the future.

Over the past year, the NHS in Newcastle and Gateshead has asked hundreds of local people for their opinions on existing services. Now, NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG is putting forward a range of different ways in which in-patient and community mental health services could be arranged.

All the scenarios include changes to in-patient and community services, as well as steps to make it easier for service users and carers to get the support they need.

Dr Guy Pilkington, a Newcastle GP and Chair of NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG, said: “We are determined that mental healthcare should not be a Cinderella service when compared to healthcare for physical complaints.

“There is no health without mental health, so we need to invest more in mental health services in community settings. That means linking into the strengths of individuals, communities and voluntary organisations who can support people and help them live fulfilling, independent lives.

“We need better options for people to access more intense help quickly and close to home when they need it.  When people have become seriously unwell, we need more effective ways to help them recover.

“All this means changing the way we invest our money. We must spend less on hospital buildings and continue to reduce hospital admissions by investing in community support.”

The public consultation launches on Thursday 12 November, and runs for 13 weeks until 12 February 2016.

At the launch event, clinical leaders will outline the different possible scenarios and the ways people can get involved and give their views.

Dr Pilkington added: “We need to hear from people who have lived with mental health concerns, people who have cared for friends and relatives, and members of the public with an interest in mental health.

“Together, we can think differently about mental health and build a better way to offer mental healthcare in Newcastle and Gateshead.”

Which services are involved in the consultation?

The CCG has been leading this work with a range of partners including Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) and other service providers from the community and voluntary sector.

The main services covered by the consultation include:

  • Community mental health services for adults of working age living in Newcastle and Gateshead (provided by NTW and by community and voluntary sector organisations)
  • Community mental health services for older people living in Newcastle (provided by NTW and by community and voluntary sector organisations)
  • Inpatient mental health services for adults of working age living in Newcastle and Gateshead (provided by NTW – this covers acute care and rehabilitation inpatient services)
  • Inpatient mental health services for older people living in Newcastle provided by NTW

The consultation does NOT cover:

  • Mental health services provided by GPs, primary care counsellors and therapists, including IAPT services (Improving Access to Psychological Services)
  • Community and inpatient mental health services for older people in Gateshead provided by Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Other specialist inpatient mental health services (such as psychiatric intensive care, forensic psychiatry etc.)
  • Children and young people’s mental health services
  • Mental health services provided or commissioned by Newcastle or Gateshead councils
  • Existing mental health services provided by the voluntary sector

Get involved and have your say

There are lots of ways to get involved. To make sure your voice is heard, you can share your views in the following ways:

Events: We have arranged a number of public events – please register your attendance so we can provide for any support needs, plan for catering and make sure we have enough staff on hand.

Launch event: Thursday 12 November 2015

Centre for Life

Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4EP

11 am to 1pm (registration from 10.30)

Presentation plus Question Time style event

A light lunch will be provided at the end of the event
Please register via our website or call 0191 217 2670

Consultation events:

These events will involve a short presentation and table discussions around each of the potential scenarios.

Wednesday 18 November 2015

Brunswick Methodist Church

Brunswick Place, Newcastle NE1 7BJ

1.30pm to 4pm (registration from 1pm)

Please register via our website or call 0191 217 2670

Thursday 3 December 2015

Newcastle City Library

Charles Avison Building, 33 New Bridge St West

6pm to 8pm (registration from 5.30pm)

Please register via our website or call 0191 217 2670

Wednesday 13 January 2016

Gateshead Civic Centre (Bewick Meeting Room)

10am to 12pm (registration from 9.30am)

Please register via our website or call 0191 217 2670

Saturday 6 February 2016

Community Art Space, St Edmund’s Chapel

High St, Gateshead NE8 1EP

1pm to 3.30pm (registration from 12.30pm)

Please register via our website or call 0191 217 2670

Online survey will be live at www.newcastlegatesheadccg.nhs.uk from Thursday 12 November. A paper version is available by calling 0191 217 2670.

Other ways to give your views:

Community and voluntary sector organisations will be running events for service providers and holding focus groups for service users and carers. If you would like to get involved in these activities, please contact us.

Other ways to contact us: (please mention Deciding Together consultation)

Email:                ngccg.enquiries@nhs.net.

Twitter:              @NHSngccg #decidingtogether

Facebook:         www.facebook.com/decidingtogether

You can also write to us at:

Deciding Together public consultation

NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group

Goldcrest Way

Newburn Riverside (Business Park)

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE15 8NY

Call us: 0191 217 2670