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Community Mental Health Transformation Programme

Community mental health services across Berkshire are changing.

We’re working with GPs, hospitals, social care, voluntary sector, and patients and their families, to improve services for people with significant mental illnesses.

Our new and transformed services will provide holistic care for people across Berkshire.

You can visit our CMHT service page if you need mental health support.

Visit our Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) service page 

View a list of our mental health and wellbeing services 

The NHS Long Term Plan outlines the vision and initiatives for improved NHS health and care services over the next 10 years.

The plan includes a commitment to transforming mental health care by 2024, so more people can access treatment when they need it.

The plan has been drawn up by those who know the NHS best, including frontline health and care staff, patient groups and other experts.

Visit the NHS Long Term Plan website to read more (opens new browser tab)

Watch the NHS Community Mental Health Transformation video on YouTube (opens new browser tab)

We’re putting this plan into practice across our community mental health services.

Our East Berkshire team has already helped lead the way as one of 12 national ‘early implementer’ sites in Autumn 2019, and our West Berkshire team began implementing the transformation programme in Spring 2021.

“For most people with a significant mental illness, the diagnosed problem isn’t all they need, or want help with. They need mental health services that go beyond treating symptoms and illnesses. Integrated services that see a person rather than a diagnosis, and that work together to promote their all-round wellbeing.” - NHS England

We will be providing better support to people with significant mental illness in their communities, with new services which are more accessible and flexible.

Previously, people with significant mental illness who weren’t admitted to hospital inpatient care may have felt there was limited support available to them.

Our new approach will connect community and specialist mental health services to offer treatment to suit each person’s care needs, available through GPs.

These teams will also connect with the local authority and voluntary sector, to guide people to wellbeing offers and community support, providing a ‘no wrong door’ approach. No matter where the person starts when asking for help, they will arrive at the right place for help.

This means patients with significant mental difficulties will have access to the right support when they need it.

Physical, psychological, and social factors are widely acknowledged to impact mental health, and our new teams will work closely together to provide a complete treatment and support plan addressing all contributing areas.

Everyone will benefit from our improvements to mental health services, including:

  • People with significant mental illness, who will receive the right help when they need it
  • People with early signs of a mental health difficulty, who will receive support focused on prevention
  • GPs and primary care staff, who will feel confident that their patients are getting the treatment they need
  • Secondary care workers in the community, who will feel assured that their patients will receive the support they need to live happy and independent lives

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Contact us if you’re interested in getting involved in the transformation programme

Email cmhlivedexperience@berkshire.nhs.uk

We publish a bimonthly round up of how community mental health services are transforming.

Read Issue #1 - Frimley - September bulletin 2022 (pdf)