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Community Transformation

Over the coming years, the Trust’s Integrated Programme is bringing forward new investment and innovations.

Improving our services to provide high quality care for people across South West London is a key part of our overall mission Making Life Better Together.

We embarked on a transformation programme for adult community mental health services in September 2019; in line with the NHS Long Term Plan,  recognising that a new integrated and flexible delivery model is required to help meet current and future service user needs.

The NHS Long Term Plan (LTP) prioritises community-based care and recently transformation funding was announced to support the transformation of adult community mental health services over three years (2021/22 – 2023/24).

Why do we need Community Transformation?

We know that our current clinical pathways can be inconsistent and fragmented in the way they deliver services.

The overarching purpose of this programme is to make both community and inpatient services work together so that patients get the right care and support as they need it. By ensuring everyone is offered core care and treatment options, choice and flexibility, we can really make life better for our service users and carers.

These ambitions will be supported by investment into mental health under the NHS Long Term Plan.

Making it happen

The Trust has worked closely with colleagues and partner organisations across the South West London Integrated Care System to successfully bid for new funding that was announced to support transformation of adult community mental health services over three years (2021/22 – 2023/24).

For Year one the Trust was successful in receiving £2.8m which will be invested in community adult mental health services in 2021/22 with additional amounts available for future years.

The proposed new model of community adult mental health delivery will:

  • Focus on supporting individuals with serious mental illness and within this group specifically also strengthen support and care for individuals (1) with an eating disorder, (2) with a diagnosis of personality disorder or (3) requiring mental health rehabilitation
  • Be organised around and/ or integrated with wider partners including Primary Care Networks and primary care, voluntary and community sector provision and local authority provision.
  • Be co-produced and include both clinical delivery and provision by voluntary and community sector organisations
  • Remove barriers between primary and secondary care.
  • Optimise data sharing
  • Recognise and impact on the social determinants of health and non-clinical needs
  • Reduce waiting times, addresses inequalities and support transition.

Our next steps

The proposed model will be piloted in Sutton in 2021/22 and then reviewed and adapted as needed.

Placed based design and delivery groups will commence in Kingston, Merton, Richmond, and Wandsworth over the next 18 months and work carried out in each borough to ensure new models of care meet the needs of our local populations.

We look forward to working with partners and organisations across our communities as we bring forward this innovative new programme.

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