NHS seeks views of local people

Discussions are continuing with local people about the future development of mental health services across the Harrogate area.

Last year Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group (HaRD CCG) and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) met with people who use services, their carers, staff and the wider community to ask for their views.

They gathered feedback about how they could make the most of the money available whilst improving adult and older people’s mental health services.

This included discussions about the development of a new mental health inpatient unit in Harrogate, which is currently under review, as well as the increasing demand for mental health services.  

The CCG and the Trust are now sharing the findings and asking people to get involved in looking at the feedback in more detail.

Adele Coulthard, director of transformation at TEWV said: “Most people we’ve spoken to have made it very clear that they want us to strengthen and develop community services and provide care as close to home as possible.

“There were, however, differing views about the future location of inpatient services. Some people felt that beds should remain in Harrogate, close to home and families, whilst others felt that moving beds would not be detrimental as long as there was access to more robust community services and help for those in crisis.

“Many people felt, however, that travelling for older people was more difficult and that wherever possible beds should be provided locally.”

Amanda Bloor, chief officer for the CCG, said: “Ensuring people with mental health concerns receive the best care possible is a priority to us all, as is asking for people’s views. 

“Thank you to everyone who got involved in the discussions so far; it has given us a greater understanding of what people want from their mental health services.

“Please read the feedback and let us know what you think. We will be working with people to explore the possibilities in more detail and it’s not too late to have your say.”

The NHS is holding three public events in March in Harrogate, Ripon and Knaresborough.

More information about the feedback gathered to date and how people can get involved is available on the Trust’s website.