In 2018, Norfolk and Waveney’s Sustainability and Transformation Partnership began a review of the wider range of mental health support and services available to adults living locally.
Over 2500 people took part in the engagement, and these were used in shaping a long term strategy for mental health services in Norfolk and Waveney. pdf Here is the final strategy. (2.07 MB) This strategy sets out a long term vision for mental health services available locally, and what we need to do to get there. It has been written alongside people that use mental health services, carers and professionals, and is rooted in the things people told us needed the most attention. At the core of the strategy are six ‘commitments’ that frame the work we need to prioritise:
1. To increase our focus on prevention and wellbeing
2. To make the routes into and through mental health services more clear and easy to understand for everyone
3. To support the management of mental health issues in primary care settings (such as within GP practices)
4. To provide appropriate support for those people who are in crisis
5. To ensure effective in-patient care for those that need it most (that being beds in hospitals are other care facilities)
6. To ensure the whole system is focused on working in an integrated way to care for patients
We recognise the strategy will need to constantly evolve for it to remain relevant regardless of the climate we find ourselves in. By doing so we can turn this strategy into action, working in true coproduction with people that use mental health services and the communities they live in to deliver effective, compassionate mental health care for everyone.
Each of the above 6 commitments has a dedicated workstream, which is developing its own action plans to deliver change in its respective areas. These workstreams involve people with experience of using mental health services, carers, voluntary and community sector representatives, clinicians and professionals, and commissioners.