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Work continues to improve mental health services for new and expectant mums

Mental health services for new and expectant mums in the Humber region and parts of Yorkshire are continuing to be developed courtesy of NHS funding worth hundreds of thousands of pounds. 

Having secured a share of a £23 million nationwide investment announced by NHS England in 2018, the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership - a collaboration of 28 health and social care organisations - is working to deliver specialist community perinatal mental health services in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, Scarborough and Ryedale, and the Vale of York.

The funding is part of a £365 million plan by NHS England to ensure 30,000 more women in all areas of England can access specialist perinatal services by 2021.

Perinatal mental health problems are those which occur during pregnancy or during the first year following the birth of a child. Perinatal mental illness affects one in five (20%) women, and covers a wide range of conditions. If left untreated, it can have significant and long lasting effects on the woman and her family.

Examples of perinatal mental health conditions include:

Moderate to severe postnatal depression

Anxiety disorders, including obsessive compulsive disorder and panic disorder

Eating disorders

Post-traumatic stress disorder

Severe mental illnesses including schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar affective disorder

Postpartum psychosis

Severe self-harm

Suicidal thoughts

Late last year, pre-existing perinatal services began to be developed further, while new ones were created to ensure women in all parts of the Humber, Coast and Vale area who experience complex mental health needs have access to treatments and support as early as possible. Providing support for families and signposting to relevant services has also been part of the service improvements.

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust has strengthened its already established specialist community perinatal mental health services in Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire. 

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust is also introducing new specialist community perinatal mental health services across the Vale of York and Scarborough and Ryedale.

Michele Moran, Chair of the Humber, Coast and Vale Mental Health Partnership Board and Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive, said: “So many new and expectant mothers experience mental health problems and we’re proud to work with our partners to extend the perinatal service into underserved areas and hopefully help hundreds of women and their families.”

Michelle Thompson, Perinatal Mental Health Lead for the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership said: “Having a baby is a major life event for mums and dads, and it's natural to experience a whole range of emotions and reactions during and after pregnancy.

“But if these problems start to have a big impact on day to day life, it might be a sign of a mental health problem and this service will provide some much needed specialist support for local families who are experiencing difficulties during or after the birth of their child.”

If you are concerned that you or someone you care about might be experiencing perinatal mental health problems you can speak to health professionals involved in your care, such as your GP, midwife or health visitor, who will be able to offer support and refer you to an appropriate service.

For more information, please go to https://www.tewv.nhs.uk/services/north-yorkshire-and-york-perinatal-mental-health-service/ 

Ambulance Trust awarded integrated urgent care contract

NHS Commissioners in Yorkshire and the Humber have announced that Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust has been awarded a contract to provide integrated urgent care services across the region for the next five years.

The contract, worth £17.6 million in 2019-20, has been developed in line with a new national service specification to provide the region’s population of 5.4 million with access, where appropriate, to clinical advice and treatment when they have an urgent healthcare need.  The contract incorporates the NHS 111 call handling service with core clinical advice and will feature a range of developments, including being able to issue prescriptions and increasing the number of bookings into GP and urgent care appointments.

Agencies across the Yorkshire and Humber region have worked together to commission NHS 111 telephony, a call handling service and core Clinical Advice Service (CAS). The contract award follows a nine-month long procurement process undertaken on behalf of the region’s twenty-one Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) along with NHS England North Region - Yorkshire and the Humber.  

Yorkshire Ambulance Service currently provides the NHS 111 service across Yorkshire and the Humber. The Trust is now working with commissioners to implement the new service, which will start on 1 April 2019.

 

Local community encouraged to take up suicide prevention training

#TalkSuicide campaign encourages people in the Vale of York to complete short online suicide prevention training

Humber, Coast and Vale Mental Health Partnership urges people in the Vale of York to complete a free suicide prevention online training programme, and improve support for those suffering from suicidal thoughts

The Humber, Coast and Vale Mental Health Partnership has launched the #TalkSuicide campaign to encourage people in the Vale of York to complete a free 20-minute online suicide prevention training programme.

The #TalkSuicide campaign urges people to visit www.talksuicide.co.uk to complete the video-based training, so they can learn life-saving skills and improve the support network for those struggling with suicidal thoughts.  

The Zero Suicide Alliance - a group of NHS Trusts, businesses and individuals committed to suicide prevention - has created the training to help people spot signs in people experiencing suicidal thoughts, and equip them with the information and skills to help them help these people.

There were 5,821 registered suicides in the UK in 2017 – more than one death every two hours – with the Yorkshire and Humber region having some of the highest suicide rates in England. Mental health issues and financial problems are some of the biggest contributing factors to suicide.

National statistics show that suicide is the biggest killer of men aged under 50. Men accounted for three quarters of suicides registered in 2017, while those aged between 45-49 are considered to be most at risk.

Anyone can undertake the training, which only takes 20 minutes to complete, at www.talksuicide.co.uk

Completing the training will help you to:

Spot signs in people experiencing suicidal thoughts

Feel comfortable speaking about suicide in a supportive manner

Signpost individuals suffering from suicidal thoughts to the correct services or support

Visit www.talksuicide.co.uk to complete the video-based suicide prevention training and learn more about the #TalkSuicide campaign.

Michele Moran, Chair of the Humber, Coast and Vale Mental Health Partnership Board and Chief Executive at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Each death by suicide is a terrible loss and a tragedy for everybody involved. By taking just 20 minutes to complete the online training, you could help save someone from taking their own life. The training will help you to be better in identifying suicidal thoughts and behaviour and give you the information to direct them to the most appropriate support services.”

Jo Kent, Humber, Coast and Vale Suicide Prevention Lead said: “The #TalkSuicide and Zero Suicide Alliance websites have plenty of material to help businesses and organisations incorporate this training into their workplace. We’re calling on individuals and businesses alike to encourage their friends, family, colleagues or employees to complete the online training - because knowing what to do and say in the right situation really can help to save a life.”

If you need urgent help, or if you’re worried about the mental or emotional state of yourself or someone you know, help is available from the following services:

Samaritans offer a 24-hours a day, 7 days a week support service. Call them FREE on 116 123 or e-mail  jo@samaritans.org

CALM Campaign Against Living Miserably – for men call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day - Visit the webchat page

PAPYRUS (support for young people) Freephone 0800 068 4141 or email pat@papyrus-uk.org

 

 

 

 

Public invited to attend CCG’s January Governing Body meeting

Members of the public are invited to attend NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group’s January Governing Body meeting in York.

The meeting in public will take place at West Offices, Station Rise, York, Y01 6GA from 9.30am on Thursday 3 January 2019.

The CCG’s Governing Body consists of local GPs and other healthcare professionals and is responsible for monitoring the performance and quality improvement of healthcare providers in the Vale of York area.

Governing Body meetings are one of the ways that patients and members of the public can get involved and have their say.

Members of the public are invited along to observe and hear about the work the CCG is doing to improve services, quality and the experience of patients in the local area.

Agenda and papers:

You can view the papers for each Governing Body Meeting by clicking here.

Raise a question:

If you wish to ask a question or raise a matter at the 3 January meeting you must submit your enquiry by no later than 5pm on Monday 31 December 2018.

Please send your enquiry by email to valeofyork.contactus@nhs.net

Alternatively, you can send your enquiry by post to NHS Vale of York CCG, West Offices, Station Rise, York, Y01 6GA.

Please note that you will not be able to ask a question at the meeting if you do not submit your question before the deadline.

Use pharmacies and NHS 111 services for minor illnesses during the Christmas holidays

Vale of York residents are being encouraged to use pharmacies for minor illnesses or ailments over the Christmas holiday period.

While the region’s GP surgeries will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, some pharmacies will be open and are the place to go for treatments and advice on common illnesses and ailments, including colds, flu, and minor rashes.

Below is a timetable detailing when certain York and Selby pharmacies will be open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals who can provide many of the same services that GPs do, but you don’t need to book an appointment to see them.

They can also answer questions you might have about any medication you’re taking and, if they can't help, they'll let you know whether or not you need to see a doctor or where else you could get the best treatment.

These videos, featuring GPs from the Vale of York, explain how to treat a number of common  winter illnesses and ailments using over-the-counter remedies from your local pharmacy: www.bit.ly/winterGPvideos

NHS non-emergency number 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. When you call 111 free of charge you will speak to a highly trained adviser who will direct you to the most appropriate medical care.

Vale of York residents can now access the NHS 111 service online as well as over the phone at www.111.nhs.uk if they need urgent healthcare or health advice.

Dr Kevin Smith, NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group Executive Director of Primary Care and Population Health, said: “We are all preparing for Christmas and the New Year but time at home can often bring coughs, colds and rashes. GP surgeries will be busy over these next few weeks and will be closed on bank holidays. Pharmacists across the Vale of York have trained for at least five years and can offer expert advice on these winter illnesses.

“Many Vale of York pharmacies will also be open on Sundays and Bank Holidays. They are the ideal place to go for treatment and advice for colds, flu, upset stomachs and many more conditions.

“While pharmacists can help with less serious health concerns, the NHS 111 phone or online service is there if you require urgent medical help or advice for a non-life-threatening condition. Call 999 if you have a medical emergency, such as breathing difficulties, chest pains or if you’ve been in a serious accident.”

For more information about how to stay well this winter, visit www.valeofyorkccg.nhs.uk/winter

Order and collect your prescription medicine well in advance before Christmas

Vale of York residents are being encouraged to collect their prescription medicine and stock up on winter remedies well in advance to stay well over the Christmas and new year holidays.

GP surgeries and most pharmacies will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, so people on repeat prescription medication are advised to order and collect their prescriptions at least a week before the holidays to ensure they don’t run out of essential medicine over the festive season.

Christmas can be a busy time so it’s easy to forget to order prescriptions, but taking a few minutes to order and collect any essential medicine you will require well in advance will save you a lot of worry over the holidays.

It’s also a good idea to have a well-stocked medicine cabinet so you’re well prepared if you’re unlucky enough to become unwell over the Christmas and new year period when access to your GP might be limited.

You might want to keep an adequate supply of:

  • Paracetamol and Ibuprofen
  • Decongestants
  • Cough medicines and throat lozenges
  • Antihistamines
  • Heartburn and indigestion medicine
  • Anti-diarrhoea
  • Antiseptic cream/wipes 
  • Plasters

Many illnesses are self-limiting, meaning they will eventually clear up on their own, so they can be treated at home using over-the-counter products from your local pharmacy.

These videos, featuring GPs from the Vale of York, explain how to treat a number of common winter illnesses and ailments: www.bit.ly/winterGPvideos

Dr Nigel Wells, NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group Clinical Chair and a local GP, said: “The lead-up to Christmas can be a busy time for the public and health services alike, so those on repeat prescriptions are advised to order them at least a week in advance so that they can enjoy the festive season in good health.

“Having a well-stocked medicine cabinet full of over-the-counter remedies from your local pharmacy is also recommended so you can treat any common illnesses or ailments at home.

“Some Vale of York pharmacies will be open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and are the best place to go for help with minor health concerns. You should use the NHS 111 phone or online service if you require urgent medical help or advice for a non-life-threatening condition; or call 999 if you have a medical emergency, such as breathing difficulties, chest pains or if you’ve been in a serious accident.”

For more information about how to stay well this winter, visit www.valeofyorkccg.nhs.uk/winter

Local health commissioners commit extra funding to mental health services

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is investing a further £120,000 each year to improve child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in the local area.

Mental health was one of the key topics identified by the Vale of York people during the CCG’s ‘big conversation’ engagement events, when the CCG asked the community ‘what is important about local healthcare services?’.

And mental health is subsequently highlighted as a key priority in the CCG’s commissioning intentions for 2018-19, which were launched in February 2018.

The Commissioning Intentions are the start of a journey of local transformation and, as part of this transformation, the CCG has committed to investing a further £120,000 each year from this financial year (2018-19) to improve child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). 

The CCG and Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV), which provides mental health services on behalf of the CCG, have been working closely with partners in the Vale of York area to ensure that the extra funding goes to improving key priority areas within local mental health services. The money will be used to employ extra clinical psychologists and mental health nurses.

The CCG has also committed an extra £90,000 during the 2018-19 year to help facilitate additional autism assessments.

Since 2016 the CCG has invested £200,000 each year for school-based services for early identification and intervention when children show signs of mental health problems.

In York, this has been by way of partnership funding for the highly regarded School Well-being Service, which offers mental health support in all state schools in the city.

The CCG has also invested £165,000 each year since 2016 in mental health services for children and young people with eating disorders. These investments are in addition to the £3 million the CCG invests each year in CAMHS services. 

Denise Nightingale, the CCG’s Executive Director of Transformation, Complex Care and Mental Health, said: “Mental health is one of the CCG’s key strategic priorities as we outlined in our commissioning intentions for 2018-19, which reflect the views of the Vale of York people which they shared during our extensive engagement activity in October 2017.

“This extra financial investment will help improving mental health services in the local area by employing more trained staff and improving service capacity, as well as further improving the early identification and intervention elements of the services.

“But it’s not just about spending more money; it’s also working together with local healthcare providers and local authority partners to ensure that the services are tailored to meet the needs of the people they have been created to help.”

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