Mental health services look to support those suffering from mental health difficulties, such as depression, suicidal thoughts and dementia. Learning disability services look to support those with learning disabilities, such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and others.
What we know
- We need to improve diagnosis rates for people with dementia
- We know people with a mental illness have a poorer quality of life
- Too many people with leaning disability and/or autism are in mental health hospital provision
What we are trying to achieve
A proactive and preventative approach, which looks to provide help sooner and before people have a mental health crisis, to reduce the long term impact for people experiencing mental health problems and support individuals and families to manage their mental health and wellbeing.
- Increase dementia diagnosis rate
- Increase number of people accessing talking therapies
- Improves services for people experiencing first episode of psychosis
- Reduction in out of area mental health and learning disability placements
- Improve the system’s response for children and young people in crisis
- Continue to reduce hospitalisation of people with a learning disability and/or autism
What we have done so far
We identified that, across Coventry and Warwickshire, local Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services were disjointed, impacting on the mental health and wellbeing of looked after children. In 2017/18 we worked to commission a single services and treatment pathway to support looked after children, with the aim of improving their mental health and wellbeing.
The CCG is working in partnership with local authorities, other CCGs, NHS England, providers and the voluntary sector to ensure patients are provided with appropriate information and support following a diagnosis of dementia. Particular effort has been made in identifying local communities and establishing key information to reduce inequalities, particularly with BAME groups e.g. local community leaders and where/when they meet, understanding both visible and invisible barriers to access, pooling resources, conducting outreach and consultation work to understand what has already been done and linking with liaison nurses and dementia nurse specialists to address gaps in service provision for hard-to-reach groups within the local population This has led to developing resources for people from BAME backgrounds, including sourcing what has already been done.