Mental health is as important as physical health and we need to do more to join up services

Our ambition is to ensure that across Kent and Medway we deliver excellent, safe, supportive and cost-effective care for people of all ages with a mental health condition or at risk of developing one.

We aim to:

  • Work to deliver integrated mental and physical health services
  • Deliver rapid access to individuals and their families to give expert advice, guidance and support during their first episode of psychosis
  • Implement a CORE 24 model of liaison psychiatry in all acute emergency departments
  • Transform children’s emotional and wellbeing services and improve transition between children’s and adult services
  • Improve prevention and early intervention, help and support
  • Deliver screening, assessment, intervention, training and support across the physical and mental health journey for women, babies and families.

We are focussing on six key areas of work:

  • Self-care
  • Prevention
  • Helping peole earlier in their illness
  • Integrated care
  • Recovery
  • Complex needs.

What have local people told us?

Local people have told us that they would like to see more provision for mental health throughout Kent and Medway. They want more community based mental health and social care services and rapid help for anyone in crisis. They would welcome more support from voluntary and charity organisations and better signposting to these services by health and social care. They want to experience smoother transitions of care between different services.

What we have done so far

  • Reduced our use of private beds to zero
  • Secured funding for a Core 24 Liaison Service
  • Developed and implemented a Peer Supported Open Dialogue service
  • Secured additional funding and procured a provider for mother and infant mental health services
  • Launched two new Street Triage services in Thanet and Medway.

What are the next steps?

 

  • Review the six key ares of work
  • Develop more detailed plans
  • Engage people in the design of the plans
  • Continue to listen to what people want.

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