Future of Mental Health Care in Manchester

Manchester’s three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have outlined a series of proposed care pathways for people with mental illness, which would be available from 2015.
The pathways provide a detailed framework of care and treatment options to shape the service a patient would receive – from diagnosis through to treatment and recovery or long-term support.
The commissioning plans, from Manchester’s three CCGs (central, north and south), are broken down into specific groups and cover a range of conditions and illness levels from depression, anxiety and eating disorders to psychotic illness and dementia including many others. They also show how services would link into home, community and hospital support.
They are online now so that residents, service users and carers can give their views as part of a consultation process.
Dr Martin Whiting, Clinical Lead at North Manchester CCG, said: “Around one in four people in Manchester will have a mental health problem, so it’s essential that we provide a seamless service designed for the current and anticipated needs of Manchester people.
“This service needs to be clear, co-ordinated and compassionate so that we can take people from diagnosis through to a point where they have the tools and support to manage any long-term issues, or prevent problems recurring.”
Each year Manchester’s CCGs spend around £100 million on mental health services.
In July, they outlined a framework for their mental health commissioning plans for the next two years (2013-15), in collaboration with Manchester City Council.
This, combined with feedback from consultation and engagement work has led to the development of new care pathways.
The details are available now by logging onto www.manchester.nhs.uk/talkinghealth and going to the Talking Health section on mental health issues. Each treatment plan is available as complete document and with a summary. The consultation period runs until Friday January 31, 2014. There will also be a series of community events.
For more information please contact NHS Greater Manchester Commissioning Support Unit on 0161 212 4885 or email communications.gmcsu@nhs.net.
Notes to Editors
The Mental Health Commissioning Intentions (2013-15) document can be read under the news section on www.manchester.nhs.uk.
The following illnesses are covered within the proposed mental health frameworks for adults in Manchester:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive compulsive disorders
  • Common mental health problems with long-term physical health problems
  • Post traumatic stress disorder, and panic disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • First episode psychosis
  • Psychotic crisis
  • Rehabilitation from psychotic illness, and longer care
  • Severe mental health problems with substance misuse
  • Dementia
  • Maternal mental health
  • Community-based forensic mental health services
  • Mental health services for people with a learning disability
  • Autism and ADHD in adults
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are NHS organisations led by local GPs and other health care professionals who are responsible for deciding how the local health budget is spent.
There are three CCGs in Manchester: North Manchester CCG, Central Manchester CCG and South Manchester CCG.
All GP practices in the city are members of one of these groups. They are responsible for planning and paying for services within each area. This includes planned hospital care such as operations, rehabilitation services, urgent and emergency care and most community services such as district nursing or physiotherapist, mental health services and learning disability services.