Independent evaluation of Sheffield Primary and Community Mental Health Transformation published

Report published following recent ‘learning event’

An evaluation of Sheffield’s early implementer Primary and Community Mental Health Transformation has been published following its recent learning event, which was attended by both local and national stakeholders, health, social care, voluntary sector partners, and service users.  The Sheffield evaluation was led by Professor Damian Hodgson of Sheffield University Management School, and is the first of twelve national evaluations to be completed.

Professor Tim Kendall, National Clinical Director for Mental Health NHS England in his foreword to the evaluation said:

“In 2019, we began making the biggest investment into community mental health services in the history of the NHS. With an additional investment of almost £1bn per year by 2023/24, the NHS asked every area of the country to rethink what ‘help’ looks like and to reconsider how they provide that help so that people from all parts of their communities can more easily and quickly access support.

I am pleased to say that Sheffield has risen to the challenge and can rightfully be proud of its key achievements in delivering the new models of care, closer to home to greater numbers of people. Community mental health services are now embedded in Primary Care Networks with an increase in the workforce and access to evidence-based treatments.

As National Clinical Director for Mental Health I have been clear of the importance of this work and while these are the first steps on a longer journey, I am pleased to say these first steps have been confidently taken in Sheffield.

The next steps following the publication of the evaluation report are:

  • Making sure we can meet the demand for services in Sheffield
  • Bringing together different organisations with different cultures to work together
  • Making sure the Integrated Care Board prioritises Primary and Community mental health services.

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