Mental Health & Dementia Services
People with a mental illness want to have the same life opportunities as any other person a home, a job, feeling valued and looking forward to the future. Traditionally mental health services have focussed on the illness and not the person and therefore the outcomes and life chances for a person with a MI have not been as good as they should. Over the years the focus for the commissioning of mental health services has been on prevention and early help supporting people to stay well with fewer people experiencing a mental health crisis and being admitted to hospital. Although we have move significantly towards the achievement of these goals there is still more that we can do.
We have already delivered:
- Improved access to information, advice and support via the hubs, the web-portal and social prescribing
- Improved physical health support to people with a MI via public health commissioned health trainer services, smoking cessation support and through improved physical health monitoring of people with severe mental illness.
- Employment support services which last year supported 28 people with a mental illness who were unemployed (over 25%) to get a job and 46 people (c50%) to retain their employment which had been threatened by their mental illness.
- We have replaced a traditional mental health residential home with a new supported living scheme comprising 28 individual flats within Aviary House which has dramatically improved the lives and outcomes of the people who have moved there.
- A single point of access into mental health services making it easier for people to access the help that they need at the time that they need it.
- We have expanded community services to provide more intensive input to help people maintain their mental health and to support recovery for those who have experienced crisis
During the life of the next strategy we aim to:
- Develop a better service model and offer for people with complex mental health needs including those with personality disorder
- We are looking to further expand specialist community mental health services to support even more people to remain well, further reducing the need for people to be admitted.
- We are enhancing mental health crisis services and scoping the opportunities to have access to crisis provision 7 days a week
- Change current day hospital services, delivering a more modular programme of support across both mental health resource centres, again aimed at promoting recovery and supporting people to live well with their mental illness
- We want to develop more supported living opportunities for people with mental illness in Solihull.
Our vision for people who use Mental Health services:
What we’ve done:
- Dementia Friends – we reached our target of 4,500 Dementia Friends by 31 March 2015.
- Solihull Dementia Action Alliance. There are now 17 member organisations.
- The dementia diagnosis rate for Solihull now stands at 68.3 % which is just above the National Target of 67%.
- We now aim to have in excess of 6,000 Dementia Friends by 31st March 2016.
- We aim to have at least 22 members of the Solihull Dementia Action Alliance by 31st March 2016.
- Work continues with the Solihull GP Practices to encourage them to continue with their excellent work in supporting people to get a timely diagnosis and more importantly access to the support they need to be able to live well with dementia.
- Work is on-going with our colleagues at the Memory Assessment Service to offer a ‘fast track’ dementia assessment process for non-complex cases of dementia so that people can be directed to the information, advice and support that they need following a diagnosis of dementia.
- We will improve the immediate access to support for people diagnosed with dementia with improved training for GPs in dementia and mental health through the protected learning time events