1,000 views on shake-up

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

HEALTH bosses propos­ing to over­haul men­tal health pro­vi­sion in Kirklees have un­veiled the find­ings of an en­gage­ment ex­er­cise with suf­fer­ers, their fam­i­lies and car­ers.

The two-month-long sur­vey re­ceived more than 1,000 re­sponses.

The re­sults will now be fed into a draft re­port be­ing com­piled by Greater Hud­der­s­field Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG), North Kirklees CCG and Kirklees Coun­cil prior to work be­ing con­cluded next spring.

The plan in­volves down­siz­ing En­field Down at Hon­ley, which is now Hud­der­s­field’s last re­main­ing in-pa­tient men­tal health unit in Kirklees.

It is also the only fa­cil­ity in the bor­ough to ad­mit adult in-pa­tients suf­fer­ing from psy­chosis, manic de­pres­sion or schizophre­nia.

If the down­siz­ing goes ahead bed num­bers will re­duce from 32 to less than half that num­ber.

Health bosses say they re­main “100% com­mit­ted” to in-pa­tient men­tal health pro­vi­sion in Kirklees as they move to­wards a com­mu­nity-led model of care.

Speak­ing at Hud­der­s­field Town Hall Vicky Dutch­burn, head of strate­gic plan­ning, per­for­mance and de­liv­ery at Greater Hud­der­s­field and North Kirklees CCGs, said NHS Eng­land was push­ing all re­gions to iden­tify what men­tal health re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion would look like in fu­ture.

She said peo­ple should be sup­ported to live in­de­pen­dently “to be in the least re­stricted en­vi­ron­ment”.

She added: “Less peo­ple will need to be in locked fa­cil­i­ties or even hospi­tal fa­cil­i­ties.

“If it’s the right thing for them they’re there for the short­est amount of time. At that point they will go back to their own home, a lo­cal ten­ancy or into a group home.

“So it will be back into some form of com­mu­nity but the least re­stricted we can do.”

Feed­back from providers in­cluded need­ing a calm, home­like en­vi­ron­ment that had fam­ily and friends within it rather than a clin­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment.

In re­ceiv­ing the re­port to Kirklees Coun­cil’s health and adult so­cial care scru­tiny panel, chair­man Clr Liz Smaje (Con, Birstall and Birken­shaw) asked to see how the find­ings of the sur­vey would be trans­lated into the hoped-for model.

“Peo­ple re­quire dif­fer­ent lev­els of care,” she said.

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