Consultation: Adult and Older People’s Specialist Mental Health Services *CLOSED 29 MAY*

There are approximately 7,000 adults and older people from a population of 480,000, across Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire and Vale Royal who receive care and support from specialist mental health services. Of these approximately 350 people per year require an inpatient stay at the Millbrook Unit in Macclesfield meaning that 95% of care is already provided in the community. 

Local NHS partners proposed a redesign of these services for a number of reasons. User and carer feedback, along with recent audit recommendations and inspections, told us that some things in these services work well but that other things need to change for the better. 

Through the proposed redesign we want to: 

  • Provide new services so that there is better access for people to help keep them well and active in the community
  • Provide much greater choice of services for those in, or at risk of, crisis
  • Support people with dementia and those who care for them to stay in their own surroundings

Service users and their carers have told us they “deserve to thrive, not just survive”, that they want responsive community services available 24/7 and they do not want to be admitted to hospital unless it is absolutely necessary.

For these reasons, we developed a set of proposals that puts early intervention and prevention at the heart of adult and older people’s specialist mental health services and if introduced, will provide:

  • An improved community mental health service that helps people get better more quickly and prevents hospital admissions
  • A 24-hour crisis support service for people who are acutely unwell
  • A dementia outreach service that visits people in their own homes
  • An improved experience for people who need hospital care.

You can  read our proposals here:

Public Meetings

The following public meetings took place during the consultation between 6 March - 29 May: 

  • Wednesday 21 March - Macclesfield Town hall - 2.30pm-5pm
  • Friday 23 March - Hartford Golf Club, Northwich - 9.30am-12noon
  • Wednesday 28 March - Congleton Town Hall - 2.30pm-5pm
  • Thursday 26 April - Crewe Alexandra Football Club - 6.30pm-8.30pm
  • Thursday 3 May - Macclesfield Town Football Club - 2.30pm-5pm 
  • Friday 4 May - Canalside Conference Centre - 2.30pm-4.30pm 
  • Wednesday 23 May - Macclesfield Town Football Club - 6.30pm-9pm

Supporting Documentation 

Alongside the main consultation document there are a number of supporting documents - held on the NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG website - that people can read for further information about the case for change and proposals for the redesign for adult and older people's specialist mental health services.

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