Community Mental Health Redesign  Project Update For: external stakeholders

Update from Andy Weir, Chair of the Community Redesign Project Board and Deputy Chief Operating Officer

The last two months have been an incredibly busy time for the Community Redesign Project team.

We’ve been engaging in a variety of ways with staff, service users, carers, colleagues from third sector organisations and other stakeholders to get as much detailed feedback as we can on our proposals for the redesign of the older people’s and working age adult community services.

Our engagement exercise closed on Friday 29 June and we’ve been overwhelmed with the response.

I’d very much like to thank everyone who took the time to give their views, fill in a survey or attend a meeting.

I’d also like to thank my colleagues who’ve been working hard to make all this happen, and to bring together the feedback received so that we can make best use of it.

Throughout the engagement period (1 May – 29 June) we:

  • Invited feedback from over 17,000 members, service users and carers across Leeds
  • Held two service user and carer events
  • Held two stakeholder events, mainly for third sector organisations
  • Met with 26 organisations from the third sector, NHS partners, GPs and care homes
  • Received 1,000 hits on our Community Redesign webpage from around 750 people to get further information about our redesign plans and take part in our online survey
  • Received 255 survey responses from the public
Next steps

The community redesign project board met on 4 July to start considering all this feedback and how we’re going to make use of it in the final design of the new service models.

There have been a number of areas where the feedback we’ve received will result in us making some changes to the proposals, and we will be publishing a document that sets out the feedback given and how we have responded to it.

I’ve set out below our timetable for how we’ll be taking this forward in the coming months:

  • Early July – we’ll be analysing all the staff and stakeholder feedback following the engagement exercise
  • 19 July – we’ll hold a project board meeting to sign off the clinical models. These will then be considered for approval by the Trust’s Executive Management Team.
  • 30 July – we’ll be holding an open meeting for all staff affected by the proposals to describe the final models (including the staffing models) and the proposed management of change process that we will be following.
  • 9 August – we aim to start the change process with staff
  • Mid-August – a full feedback summary report will be published and shared with service users, carers, members, third sector and other stakeholders
  • August to January – significant work will be undertaken on the operational details of the new model, along with a programme of training and development.
  • January 2019 – this is when we expect the new service models to go live. This will include a formal evaluation and review process, which allows us to pick up any early issues from implementation as they rise.

Once again, thank you for all your time and contributions to the process so far.

Please be assured we will continue to actively engage you in the implementation of our new working age and older people’s community mental health services.

We’ll publish updates and relevant documents on the Community Redesign page on our website.

If you’ve got any questions about the community redesign project please email us at [email protected]

Andy Weir, Deputy Chief Operating Officer , Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust