Mental Health Services: Cumbria

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd February 2022.

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Photo of Neil Hudson Neil Hudson Conservative, Penrith and The Border

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to improve the provision of mental health care for adults in Cumbria.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is improving crisis services for adults with mental health needs through street triage services in Carlisle and West Cumbria. The CCG is also investing in mental health services for people with serious mental illness, including ensuring that physical health checks are completed and services users are given the appropriate community support. The local voluntary community and social enterprise sector is working with service users from disadvantaged backgrounds or areas of high deprivation via a grant funding programme to improve engagement with mental health services and develop a community support plan where required.

In South Cumbria, the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System is improving access to mental health assessment for people in crisis and aims to reduce adult inappropriate out of area placements to zero over the next year. There has been an increase in community-based mental health hubs and access to talking therapies, to support mental health and wellbeing and provide low to medium level interventions. The number of community mental health workers has increased, with additional peer support workers in teams and increased home treatment capacity.

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