Sheffield adult community mental health services are changing

4th September 2017

Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (SHSC) is making changes to the way adult community mental health services are currently provided.  New teams will be created to meet the needs of the people of Sheffield, however, everyone currently in receipt of services will have their care plans respected and will continue to receive a service with as little disruption to them as possible.

The aim of the changes is to make sure that people can get the help they need when they need it, while also making sure that the new services are financially sustainable.  The focus of the changes is on easy access, consistent waiting times across the city and services which are able to respond flexibly as service users’ needs change.

Michelle Fearon, Service Director, said “We know that the current system does not always offer people quick or fair access.  We have been listening to feedback from our service users, their carers and local GPs and we believe that the changes we are making will deliver an improved service to the people of Sheffield.  Current service users and carers are invited to attend drop-in information sessions which will take place throughout September.”

The changes will include:

  • a Single Point of Access for the city where all referrals will be handled and triaged for response
  • a new citywide Emotional Wellbeing Service to provide assessment and brief interventions to anyone who does not require ongoing support from mental health services. This service will work very closely with GP practices
  • bringing together current Early Intervention Teams and Home Treatment Teams to form a citywide Early Intervention in Psychosis Service and a citywide Home Treatment Service. The Home Treatment Service will operate 7 days a week
  • bringing together the four Recovery teams and the Sheffield Outreach Team (SORT) to form a new Mental Health Treatment and Support Service to provide care to people who need ongoing support. There will be two staff bases for the service, one each in the North and the South of the city.  The new service will operate Monday to Friday, however, assertive outreach will continue to be provided seven days a week as needed.

Michelle added: “We know that change can be worrying and these changes will affect individuals differently.  Our plan is that these changes will give service users greater flexibility and support.  Some of our services will be relocating into different buildings as part of our wider Estates Strategy.  This does not necessarily mean that current service users will have to attend a different site for their appointments and, in the short term, appointments will continue to take place at their usual location.  If there are changes to where we can offer appointments, we will talk to service users and make sure their circumstances are taken into account.

Clive Clarke, Deputy Chief Executive, said: “We are committed to improving the mental, physical and social wellbeing of the people in our communities.  All NHS organisations are seeing change and we need to adapt accordingly, investing in the future and going from strength to strength for our service users and their families.  We believe that the changes that we are making to adult community mental health services will improve accessibility and availability as well as improving the overall quality of care and support that our service users receive.

“I fully appreciate that such changes are anxiety provoking for service users and carers.  I would like to encourage all our community mental health team service users and their carers to attend the drop-in sessions and ask any questions that they may have.”

The drop-in sessions will take place as follows:-

  • East Glade Community Mental Health Team base - 07 September from 2-4pm and 19 September from 9.30-11.00am
  • Northlands Community Mental Health Team base - 08 September from 10-12pm and 21 September from 1-3pm
  • Netherthorpe House SORT Team base - 12 September from 1-3pm and 21 September from 10-12pm
  • Argyll House Community Mental Health Team base - 15 September from 10-12pm and 26 September from 2-4pm
  • Limbrick Community Mental Health Team base - 18 September from 1-3pm and 27 September from 10-12pm
  • The Circle, Rockingham Lane, Sheffield S1 4FW - 26 September from 5.45pm-7.30pm

Find out more about the changes here.