Improved Mental Health Support for Homeless People
Homeless people in East Cheshire are to receive additional mental health support thanks to a new joint initiative between local NHS trust CWP and Cheshire East Council.
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) and the Council have together created the Housing & Health Link Worker (HHLW) project to provide housing support to people with enduring mental health conditions to give them the support they require to leave hospital safely.
Two Housing and Health Link Workers have been recruited by the Council and trained jointly by Cheshire East Council and CWP’s community and inpatient teams so they are fully equipped to help people in managing any transition from mental health services and into suitable accommodation alternatives.
The scheme also includes the creation of a number of emergency beds in the community to help Link Workers provide housing support and medical assistance where required, with the aim of ensuring people are not re-admitted to acute wards after discharge.
CWP Modern Matron Kate Chapman said: “This is a really worthwhile investment as we hope to stop the ‘revolving door’ between mental health services and life on the street.
“We already provide excellent care to those accessing our inpatient and community mental health services. This project is about improving provision beyond that initial support and offering some stability to those who need it.
“The step-down beds will allow people with nowhere to stay the time to establish the foundations so that they can go on to lead a better life thanks to support from CWP and the local council.”
Councillor Ainsley Arnold, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for housing and planning, said: “We are delighted to launch this service which will provide seamless multi-agency assistance to some of the most vulnerable residents of Cheshire East. The service will also help them to remain independent in the community and avoid prolonged hospital stays.”
According to national charity Shelter, more than 250,000 people are homeless in England, with many living from mental health issues. To find out more about mental health support in your area please visit www.cwp.nhs.uk