New funding for mental health crisis services
Patients across County Durham and Tees Valley will have better access to adult mental health crisis services thanks to new funding worth more than £2 million.
County Durham and Darlington and Teesside Mental Health Crisis Concordats have been successful in securing Community Crisis Care Transformation Funding.
This funding, via NHS England Networks, supports adult mental health crisis services.
The Mental Health Crisis Concordats are made up from a cross section of services including Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV), Police, Fire, Local authority, Voluntary Sector and patient representatives.
Steven Bramwell, Commissioning and Development Lead for North Durham Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), said: “The development within these areas will see an improvement in a variety of areas across Durham and Teesside including telephone intervention and places of safety offering alternatives to medical crisis services.
“The success is securing Community Crisis Care Transformation funding will mean further development of County Durham and Teesside adult mental health services, in line with the NHS 10 year plan and our local plans.”
In County Durham and Darlington the funding will support alternatives to current crisis provision such as pre-crisis telephone support , additional support for older people and supporting crisis-cafés across County Durham and Darlington. There will also be a focus on trauma informed care work to ensure the understanding of trauma is a key part of crisis work.
In Teesside, dedicated psychology resources within crisis services will be implemented to ensure care is delivered in a trauma informed way. There will also be a telephone intervention service which will provide mental health advice, listening and care.
This money is funded until 2021 at which point it continue to be funded via CCGs and mental health partnerships.