The funding will be used to pilot a new model of mental health support in the community which brings together additional specialist mental health care, provided by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust, alongside extra support services from the local authorities and third sector and physical health support for patient who have more serious mental health illnesses.
The pilot scheme, which has secured funding for two years, aims to deliver person-centred care and create capacity in specialist services to deliver specialist interventions that have been proven to make a real difference to people’s lives. In short, it will support and empower people to achieve their goals and improve lives.
Dr Emma Tiffin, Adult Clinical Mental Health Lead at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, said:
“We are delighted to have secured additional funding from Government that will allow us to pilot our new community mental health model, building upon the CCG funded trailblazing Primary Care Mental Health service (PCMHS) that incorporates mental health nurses within GP surgeries and integrates with Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind’s (CPSL Mind) Good Life Project that we already fund jointly with the Local Authorities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
“We believe the expansion to this service will make a significant, positive impact to people living with a mental health need in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
“Our aim is to make sure local people feel supported at every stage of their journey, with a care plan that brings together the key elements of support, not only from our community mental health teams, but also from the local authorities, third sector and wider healthcare system.”
Tracy Dowling, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health services, said: “This is welcome news for patients and for our dedicated frontline staff.
“Mental ill health will affect one in four people during their lifetime and it is closely linked with physical health.
“This extra funding will mean we can further improve the great work being done by our Primary Care Mental Health Team, that works alongside GPs, and improve overall access to treatment for people with serious mental illness or personality disorder via our community mental health teams.”
The pilot will also have a particular focus on both adults and young people affected by personality disorders and will see social workers and peer support workers join the service to help people with physical health and social care needs.
The pilot scheme has been developed by not only the key health care and local authority partners, but also by the current service users themselves to ensure that the pilot will meet their needs.