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Findings published from public consultation on the redesign of adult and older people’s specialist mental health services in Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire and Vale Royal

18/09/2018

NHS leaders would like to thank all of the people who had their say on proposals to redesign care for people with severe mental ill health in Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire and Vale Royal.

And they have pledged to take full account of the public’s views before a decision is made in November. Meanwhile, the independent report of the findings of the 12-week public consultation on the proposals to redesign specialist mental health services for adults and older people has now been published.

Thousands of people across Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire and Vale Royal were engaged in the consultation on proposals to redesign specialist mental health services for adults and older people experiencing severe mental ill health across community and hospital care settings.

The findings of a survey forming part of the consultation were analysed independently by the University of Chester while feedback from the seven public meetings, 26 community events and numerous items of correspondence was analysed independently by NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit.

The consultation partners are giving full consideration to all the feedback received in order to develop a decision-making business case that will be presented in November to the governing bodies of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, NHS South Cheshire CCG and NHS Vale Royal CCG.

Findings show support for the development of a new care model to improve outcomes for people with severe mental ill health, which includes a proposed crisis service and dementia support service to care for people in the community. However, there was concern that some people would have to travel further to visit loved ones in hospital if some inpatient services were transferred from Macclesfield to Chester.

The findings, published on the websites of all the consultation partners, will also be presented and discussed in a number of meetings held in public over the coming month, namely:

Tuesday 25 September - Cheshire East Health and Wellbeing Board
Wednesday 26 September - NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG Governing Body
Thursday 27 September - Cheshire East Council Health, Adult Social Care and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Friday 28 September - Cheshire CCGs’ Joint Commissioning Committee
Thursday 4 October - NHS South Cheshire CCG & NHS Vale Royal CCG Governing Bodies’ meeting
Monday 15 October - Cheshire West & Chester Council People’s Scrutiny Meeting

The decision-making business case will take full account of the consultation findings, including any additional ideas and suggestions, plus other factors set out in the pre-consultation business case available at www.easterncheshireccg.nhs.uk. These issues include clinical safety, affordability and compliance with national best practice.

No decisions will be made until November.

Dr Paul Bowen, clinical chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG and GP with McIlvride Medical Practice, Poynton said: “We are grateful to the many people who took part in the consultation to redesign specialist mental health services for the 7,000 or so people in Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire and Vale Royal who need care every year for severe mental ill health. The aim of the proposals is to ensure that service users get the best possible care, within the resources available, to help them thrive and not just survive.

“The three commissioning groups are now giving full consideration to the independent analyses of findings. No decision has been made or will be made until a decision-making business case is presented to the governing bodies of the commissioning groups in November.”

The consultation, on services for a population of around 480,000 people, was run by the three CCGs in partnership with Cheshire and Wirral Partnership (CWP) NHS Foundation Trust. CWP is the main provider of the area’s mental health services.

For more information on the consultation, visit www.easterncheshireccg.nhs.uk and search under 'Consultations'.

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