We have already made some big improvements, including working with the criminal justice system, reducing the number of patients placed outside of our area for care and developed new liaison services across south Essex.
We are continuing to work with our partners, including Essex Police, the Ambulance Service, local authorities and housing associations as we focus on our other priorities.
The NHS 111 service is now set up to help those needing urgent mental health services. When they call NHS 111, the healthcare adviser can request immediate specialist support after which the patient will be assessed over the telephone. If further support is needed the specialist can call for assistance straight away or make appointments for a face-to-face consultation the next day.
Our transformation plan Open Up. Reach Out for children and young people’s mental health is aimed at giving all children and young people the best possible support for their mental health and emotional wellbeing, offering more innovative services and consistent, high quality care, including on-line counselling provision, transition services and investment in crisis services.