Wednesday, 20 October 2021
It was a year like no other for the country, our public services - particularly the NHS - and millions of people affected, tooIt was a year like no other for the country, our public services - particularly the NHS - and millions of people affected, toooften tragically, by Covid-19. In mental health, as throughout the NHS, our people stepped forward and did all we couldto keep our patients, staff and communities safe. We are rightly proud of all our staff.
Covid’s long-term impact on the 3.7 million South London people we serve can only increase. There is no shortage ofCovid’s long-term impact on the 3.7 million South London people we serve can only increase. There is no shortage ofresearch into Covid and people’s mental health and well-being. Our focus has always been on delivery, and together wewere better able to respond, develop plans for recovery, and to address future challenges.This short review of the 2020-21 financial year covers significant progress made for patients in collaboration, and some ofthe challenges we faced together.
• Taking on £400 million+ of devolved commissioning budgets for three service areas as Provider Collaboratives, threeof just ten in England.
• Responding to Covid together and with partner agencies: combining resources to reduce infection risk and keeppeople safe; rapidly introducing new ways of working and services including crisis care for children and young peopleand enhanced community and virtual interventions; and dedicated support for rough sleepers.
• Bringing more care closer to people’s homes, in less restrictive environments across our major Forensic, CAMHS andComplex Care programmes. Our new Adult Eating Disorders strand is already helping patients onto the right carepathway first time.
• Our Corporate Services teams are sharing and spreading best practice - freeing up time and resource to focus evenmore on patients.
• Complex Care programme with c£30 million budgets transferred from CCGs to SLP (health-only funded patients).
As a unique, horizontal mental health providers partnership we forged further new collaborations across the NHS, localgovernment, the third sector and housing providers. And we continued to reinvest in enhanced and new local services.
This work is recognised nationally and put us at the forefront of NHS Long Term Plan ambitions. We have improvedpeople’s access, experience and outcomes of care through better integration and collaboration.We started to further plan shaping the future mental health workforce.
This means less hospital-based care, shorterlengths of stay for those admitted, and reducing inequalities we know exist. Everyone must have access to the bestsupport and best outcomes possible.
Growing demand for services post-Covid, inevitably affecting waiting times for many specialist services, places morechallenges on our teams. We are already working with community partners to develop more prevention and earlyintervention approaches.
We remain committed to driving more innovation, reducing more bureaucracy and ensuring people get the right care, inthe right place at the right time. Working in partnership is helping us make a difference and we intend to do more.
Please do take a few minutes to read out short review of 2020-21 and do get in touch any time to discuss further opportunities to improve!