Mental health and learning disabilities

We will focus on increasing prevention services and ensuring people are looked after in the most appropriate place for their needs, as close to where they live as possible.

Mental health is vital to our ambition of improving the health and wellbeing of our local population. We will put services in place to support individual needs and in the most appropriate settings by transforming services and focusing on early education and prevention.

We have ten key priority areas to help us improve mental health and learning disability services across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw. We will:

  • Ensure access to hospital based mental health services for adults with mental health problems and make sure that physical and mental health services are joined up and speak to each other to look after the whole person at the same time.
  • Improve access to specialist community services and inpatient beds, including specialist secure and perinatal beds close to where people live
  • Build on social prescribing programmes in our local places
  • Implement the national Transforming Care Partnership programmes
  • Improve services for children and young people with mental health problems
  • Develop specialist perinatal mental health services for expectant and new mums
  • Improve the diagnosis and management of people with dementia
  • Increase support for people with mental health problems to gain and maintain employment
  • Improve support for people with long term conditions and medically unexplained symptoms through integrated IAPT services
  • Developing pathways for adults with autism spectrum and attention deficit disorders

We are now working together to see "what good looks like" in each areas and identify if any areas of best practice can be shared and built on in other places.

We hope to remove the stigma around mental health and learning disabilities and promote healthy physical and emotional wellbeing of everyone in our region.