17 September 2019

Community mental health care in north east London is set to be radically transformed thanks to a major cash boost announced today by NHS England.

The North East London STP, of which the Trust is part, is one of 12 sites across England set to receive a slice of the £70 million investment from the NHS transformation fund.

In line with the NHS Long Term Plan, launched in January, the aim is to dissolve the boundaries between primary and secondary mental health care.

The aim is to ensure that people with severe mental illness can access better care closer to home.

Working with local authorities, voluntary sector organisations and primary care, the Trust will be piloting this new and integrated model of care in Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney and the City of London.

Under the new approach, new multidisciplinary, multi-agency mental health teams will now transform the way care is delivered. 

The new teams will include psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, peer support workers and community connectors working in partnership with primary care clinicians, social prescribers, clinical pharmacists and community health services to ensure that people’s care is holistically managed. 

These teams will provide wraparound support for people with varying levels of need, including those with longer-term and complex requirements.

Care planning will be tailored to meet the needs of local populations.

The transformation will truly integrate primary and secondary care to enable GPs and specialist mental health teams to work more closely together. 

The aim is to ensure that people  will receive appropriate care within four weeks of initial contact with the NHS.

Furthermore, people in north east London with moderate to severe mental illnesses will benefit from improved access to psychological therapies (talking therapies), improved physical health care,  employment support (individual placement and support), personalised and trauma-informed care, medicines management and support for self-harm and coexisting substance misuse.

ELFT Chief Executive Dr Navina Evans said: “I am extremely proud of my colleagues at ELFT and at the East London Health & Care Partnership in working collaboratively to secure this important funding from NHS England.

“For the first time ever, primary care networks will be empowered to support people holistically.

"People will be supported to achieve their life goals, beyond the narrow remit of a mental health care plan alone.

“This is genuinely transforming the way we deliver health care.”