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Mental health services for adults

Information for organisations who are providing, or are planning to provide services for adults with mental health problems in Leicester.

News

We are developing a Joint Adult Mental Health Strategy with Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) which we anticipate will be launched in May 2021.

Nationally, there is a consultation on reforming the Mental Health Act. This closes on the 21 April 2021.

Where are we now?

Mental illness continues to be the largest single cause of disability in the UK. Leicester has high risk factors associated with mental illness, including high levels of deprivation in certain areas of the city and increased rates of risk-taking behaviour in certain communities such as substance use. Around 19% of the adult population aged 18 – 64 in Leicester (43,625 people) live with a common mental health problem. Common mental health problems include conditions such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Common mental health problems are more prevalent amongst women than men.

We continue to jointly commission preventative mental health services with the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). The role of these services is to improve wellbeing and promote resilience across Leicester.

Key challenges include working across all of Leicester’s diverse communities to reduce stigma around mental health issues - which our current provider of support has made good progress on. The COVID-19 pandemic has meant services have had to adapt their approach in order to reach out to people experiencing mental health issues with innovative solutions such as online resources.

Early intervention continues to have an important role in reducing the impact of and stigma around mental ill health.

Where are we going?

We expect a steady increase in the number of people aged 18-64 with a common mental health problem in the coming years, which is likely to be exacerbated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people’s mental health. This may also affect the profile of the population with a common mental health problem.

Engagement with people using services and families showed that priorities fall into three key themes of: prevention; accommodation; and support to access education, employment and volunteering. These three themes will be explored in more detail in our upcoming strategy.

Our priorities for this service in the coming year include:

  • reviewing the Mental Health Wellbeing and Recovery Support Service
  • launching our Joint Adult Mental Health Strategy
  • responding to the amendment to the Mental Capacity Act which will include the replacement of the previous Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards with the new Liberty Protection Safeguards.

What this means for providers?

We are anticipating a range of activity in relation to reviews and procurement including:

  • Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) service to be operational from 1 April 2022, with procurement commencing no later than October 2021.
  • an Approved Mental Capacity Professional (AMCP) service to be operational from 1 April 2022, with procurement commencing no later than October 2021.
  • a new contract for our Mental Health, Wellbeing and Recovery Support Service to be operational from 1 October 2022.

Contact

If you have any questions about supplying mental health services to Leicester City Council, please contact Caroline Ryan at caroline.ryan@leicester.gov.uk.