1,000 views on shake-up
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.