Mental health service improvements discussed

County Hall
County Hall

A county council select committee heard how tailored mental health services are improving lives.

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services for Buckinghamshire, and top executives of the Trust appeared before a meeting in public of the County Council’s Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee last week, to explain how they are remodelling services so that they are centred on the individual’s needs rather than people having to fit in with what is on offer.

Changes include the move to a service that can respond 24/7, and which works together with other services to address the health and wellbeing of the whole person rather than treating mental health issues in isolation.

The select committee also heard how mental health services are working more closely with GPs, adult social care services, and the voluntary sector to provide coordinated support, and teams are being restructured so that patients have continuity of treatment with the same clinicians where possible.

Chairman of the select committee Lin Hazell said: “It was good to be able to hear details of the impressive changes to mental health services that are taking place in Bucks, and which promise great benefits to residents that need help or support with mental health and wellbeing.

“The committee members were able to question at length the service providers from Oxford NHS Trust, and also the services commissioners from Buckinghamshire’s clinical commissioning groups and adult social care services.”