Plans to develop and improve mental health services across Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and west Dunbartonshire were unveiled today as part of the launch of a public consultation on proposed changes to mental health services across Clyde.
The proposals form part of a wider strategy to increase the range of services, improve mental health accommodation and facilities and provide a number of additional new services, not previously available.
It also outlines plans to invest more than £7m across Clyde to develop community services, supported accommodation, residential care and home care services. This will offer a range of alternatives to inpatient care while still ensuring that high quality hospital services are available for those who need them.
The strategy was developed following a detailed review of existing services which found that, although there are many examples of good quality mental health services across Clyde, historically there has been a lack of investment in community services.
As a result, patients who experience mental illness are more likely to be admitted to hospital for treatment, compared to other parts of the country because of the lack of suitable alternatives. It also means that local people across the Clyde area are not currently able to access the same range and type of mental health services available to people living in Greater Glasgow.
Anne Hawkins, Director of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Mental Health Partnership, said: “Redesigning existing mental health services will enable us to improve the standard and quality of accommodation for patients and staff as well as freeing up funding to invest in much needed community-based services.”
“This is particularly important as the vast majority of people with mental illness can be successfully treated in the community and only around 1% need to be admitted to hospital.”
A number of consultation meetings and events will place across Clyde during the three-month consultation period to discuss the proposed changes and planned service developments.
Notes to Editors
1. Copies of the Clyde Mental Health consultation material can be downloaded from the NHSGGC website (www.nhsggc.org.uk/clydementalhealth) or by calling 0800 027 7246 during normal office hours.
2. Copies of the consultation material will also be widely distributed to local community groups, patient organisations and key stakeholders. Copies of the summary leaflet will also be sent to GP surgeries, pharmacies, hospital waiting areas and local libraries across Clyde.
3. The consultation ends on 2nd July 2008.
4. Responses can either be emailed to [email protected]
or sent to - John Hamilton, Head of Board Administration, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Dalian House, 350 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G3 8YZ.
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.