Public Consultation on the on-going redesign of adult mental health services in Solihull

CONSULTATION FEEDBACK – THE REDESIGN OF ADULT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN SOLIHULL

A Consultation on the on-going review of adult mental health services in Solihull ran from October 5 2016 until November 7 2016. Stakeholders such as Healthwatch, local authority health leads, Councillors and MPs were invited to get involved alongside service users, carers and the general public. The local Solihull Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Board (HASC) was continually updated for comment and scrutiny.

A consultation document was produced alongside a questionnaire and outreach and engagement exercises were undertaken to understand and record feedback about the redesign of the adult mental health services and the closure of the Bruce Burns Unit at Solihull Hospital.

The full report on the consultation process and the findings of the consultation can be found here.

The recurring themes throughout the report are as follows:

  • The strong request for a local place of safety for patients in crisis
  • The need for a local service to replace the Bruce Burns Unit
  • Access and travel
  • Concern around the delivery of community services and staffing
  • People also see finance as a driver for change.

The report makes the following recommendations:

  • The CCG takes into account the key concerns outlined above as the review of mental health services in Solihull and Birmingham continues.
  • The CCG will share the findings with Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, Birmingham Joint commissioners and the Solihull Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Board (HASC).
  • The CCG and BSMHFT note the potential impact on service users and carers, in particular in relation to the recurring themes received throughout all the feedback received:
    • The strong request for a local place of safety for patients in crisis
    • The need for a local service to replace the Bruce Burns Unit
    • Access and travel
    • Concern around the delivery of community services and staffing
    • People also see finance as a driver for change

The report was discussed at Solihull CCG Governing Body on Wed 7 Dec 2016.  The Governing Body noted:

  • There should be further discussion on the issue of transport to the Birmingham sites
  • There was a concern about the lack of care plans
  • There was a recommendation that young people caring crisis should be built into the adult services offer

The CCG will now use the findings of the consultation report and the Governing Body comments to further discussions with the provider, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust.

We would like to thank all the participants involved in the consultation for their detailed and useful feedback.