The Network have shared results from a recent piece of work undertaken for NHS England into Community Mental Health Services (CMHS). The materials for the national audit can be located on the members' area under the Mental Health project page.
The project focused on collecting data on the CMHS workforce, activity and finance from commissioners and providers across England. A range of organisations participated in the audit; including Local Authorities, Voluntary Sector providers, and Clinical Commissioning Groups. You will be able to locate the webinar materials for five regions, which was presented at the end of July, 2018.
Community based mental health services are where most people access specialist mental health care and play a key role in supporting the mental health system. These services are prominent in gate-keeping inpatient services and supporting service user rehabilitation and recovery.
The opportunity to undertake a national data collection has generated evidence on:
- The capacity of community mental health services
- The ongoing opportunities for optimising care in the community, and
- The strategic position of community based care within the targets in NHS England’s Five Year Forward View strategy.
The project was shaped by a project team that included representation from; NHS England, Health Education England (HEE), Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), NHS Trusts, and CCGs. NHSBN are grateful for the input provided by these organisations and also by the Network’s mental health reference group.
The project took place during 2017/18 using year end outturn data from financial year 2016/17.
For more information, please contact Programme Manager, Zoe Morris.