Developing mental health services for Harrogate and Rural District

Local people are being asked how they would improve mental health services in the Harrogate area, whilst making the most of the money available.

In conjunction with NHS Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group (the CCG) we are inviting people to get involved in developing a future vision for adult and older people’s mental health services.

TEWV and the CCG have worked with partners, staff, and people who access mental health services and their carers to finalise plans for involving local people in the development and design of options.

Over the coming weeks local public and patient involvement groups, voluntary organisations, mental health and social care professionals and the wider community will be urged to have their say about how services can be further improved.

This will include discussions on the development of a new mental health hospital in Harrogate, which is currently under review as well as the increasing demand for mental health services.

Activities include focus groups, meetings and an open workshop at the end of September. People will also be able to respond in writing until 6 October 2017.

Amanda Bloor, Chief Officer at the CCG, said “We recognise the importance of good mental health services across Harrogate and equally the support needed for carers.

“We want to know what is important to people, what has worked well, and what needs improving to make sure services are financially sustainable in the future and most importantly meet the needs of local people. This is a priority to us all.

“Only by talking to people will we really be able to understand their opinions and experiences. At the end of the engagement period, feedback will be collated to inform the design and development of any future proposals.”

Brent Kilmurray, TEWV chief operating officer, said: “We now have an opportunity to take a step back and look closely at the type of mental health care we need in Harrogate.”

“The people who use our services tell us that whenever possible they want to remain at home and this means making sure that support is available when they’re experiencing a crisis.

“They also tell us we should work with them and their families to help them achieve the goals they’ve set themselves, making sure they get the care and treatment they need, when and where they need it.”

Read about how to get involved.


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