The NHCP Mental Health Transformation Board is co-ordinating the understanding of, and response to, the increase in people accessing mental health services, which we have seen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The board has completed a successful restoration of services which were affected as a result of the first wave, with all services restored. This has been supported by the resilience cell which will continue to monitor and manage increased demand on mental health services over winter.

Work is under way for 2020/21 NHS Long Term Plan ambitions Phase 3 Plans, including the complex trauma service, physical health checks, expansion of IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) Changing Minds, perinatal mental health and crisis resilience services.

The board is working with partners to develop transformation bids for community services for physical health checks and crisis services, with updates to be provided in future communications.

Colleague wellbeing has been a core priority during the response to COVID-19 and the staff support services is being expanded to ensure the right support is available.

NHS Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS  Foundation Trust (NHFT), public health, the third sector, police and coroner colleagues are collaboratively developing and implementing the Suicide Prevention Strategy, supported by delivering safety plan training to primary care and local authority teams, and providing access to online well-being support, tools and forums for people experiencing suicidal ideation.

Plans are in place to implement surveillance across Northamptonshire by April 2021, and a Suicide Prevention Coordinator will be recruited to ensure the strategy continues to develop and drive service improvement in future years.

Additionally, a proposal is being submitted for additional funding to deliver a Suicide Bereavement Service, which will commence in 2021/22, and provide timely, proactive, practical and emotional support to people bereaved by suicide within 72 hours.