NHCP’s Mental Health Transformation Board is continuing its work to deliver improved outcomes and increased access to a range of local mental health services – as well as reviewing its positioning to ensure alignment with Northamptosnhire’s developing ICS governance structures. A summary of updates
on the latest activity is shown below.

Community mental health
Following very positive feedback from NHS England and NHS Improvement, we continue to develop our plans for a major transformation of our Community Mental Health Team – through engagement workshops with patients, service users, primary care, social care and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

Perinatal mental health
Northamptonshire was successful in its application to be an early implementer of maternity mental health services, which will provide additional capacity to support women with perinatal mental health.
This will be mobilised in 2021.

Suicide prevention
Our suicide prevention programme continues to develop, and we are now in the process of implementing a new, online platform to provide people with suicidal ideation access to clinically-moderated, 24/7 online support and forums. We have galvanised our plans for real-time surveillance as well as submitted an application for additional funding to provide a suicide bereavement support service in 2021/22.

Staff support
Northamptonshire has been given additional funding to develop a Staff Support Hub, capable of providing assessment and rapid access to mental health and emotional well-being support to our staff during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

The Mental Health Number
Northamptonshire’s Mental Health Number (Integrated Response Hub) continues to respond to a growing number of people making contact for mental health support.

The Mental Health Number now receives approximately 280 calls per day, and helps to navigate these people to the right place to receive the help they need, first time.

Changing Minds IAPT
We continue to expand our Changing Minds IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service, and have now appointed a lead to embed IAPT into more physical health pathways for patients with long-term conditions.