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Improving Mental Health services in Cumbria is a priority for NHS Cumbria CCG.

Mental-Health-Image-Insert-WebThe Mental Health Partnership – a multi agency group including users, carers, members of the third sector and police – has been meeting to develop new ways of supporting people with mental health issues.

A vision document which describe the direction of travel, in line with national and local policy;

A model of care document which would describe what the future system would look like; and

An integrated commissioning strategy showing how we will deliver the vision and model of care.

Select Here to view a useful list from Carlisle Eden Mind which provides a list of contacts and resources for mental health.


Select Here| 
to view a People First Wellbeing Network Leaflet.

People-First  |

Resource for students:

View a handy Student's Guide to Looking After Your Mental Health at University Here.|


Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health

Select Here| to view the NHS document 'Implementing the Five year Forward View For Mental Health'

The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health has made an unarguable case for transforming mental health care in England. The costs of mental ill health - whether to the individual, their family or carer, the NHS or wider society - are stark. The opportunity of action cannot be ignored, and this document describes how the NHS will take the action required. 


2016 Community Mental Health Survey, Summary for the North of England

The 2016 survey of people who use community mental health services involved 58 providers of NHS mental health services in England (including combined mental health and social care trusts, Foundation Trusts and community healthcare social enterprises that provide mental health services). 16 providers are in the North of England. Select Here| to view the North of England summary. The survey results are available for each trust on the CQC website:|  


Other developments:

• Cumbria Dementia Partnership has developed a community orientated Dementia Pathway

• Learning Disability Transforming Care Partnership work, which is initiating the development of a Cumbria strategy to improve the quality of life and address inequalities experienced by people with a learning disability

• Cumbria and North East Fast Track programme, which is focused on closing hospital based services at Northgate, Newcastle.

Good news:

A proposal to test out a multi-agency mental health urgent care centre, as an alternative to attending Accident and Emergency departments has been awarded£3.3 million from the Home Office’s Police Innovation Fund to fund a two year ‘proof of concept’ pilot on the Cumberland Infirmary site. 

The multi agency bid was led by NHS Cumbria CCG and the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner. The OPCC is also funding £336,000 (over two years) to introduce a ‘blue light’ telephone triage system.


Mind Campaign:

A recent campaign, launched by Mind, helps people talk to their GPs about mental health.

To find out more please visit:|

Cumbria Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Strategy 2014-2017 Survey Report:

Select Here to view the report|

Select Here to view Appendix 1 - Qualitative Feedback|

Select Here to view Appendix 2 - Mental Health Services Survey|

Select Here to view Appendix 3 - Feedback from Mental Health Strategy Engagement Meetings|


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