National changes to community mental health services are being implemented which impact how these services are provided in England.

In line with the national programme, and as part of NHCP’s wider work to deliver better mental health care and outcomes for our county, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) is improving community mental health services in Northamptonshire.

In order to provide mental health care and access to mental health services at a local level for Northamptonshire’s communities, there will be new and smaller teams who will work more closely with GPs and service users/carers.

There will be new teams of staff within GP areas in nine locations in the north and west of the county – which include current staff and new colleagues, with psychiatry, nurses, occupational therapists, support workers and voluntary sector workers, access to specialist pharmacists for medicine advice, access to physical health clinics run by people with experience and understanding of mental health conditions.

Over the next three years there will be changes in how NHFT delivers services as Northamptonshire’s community mental health provider. Throughout the programme NHFT will work with service users, staff and stakeholders to ensure that they’re informed of key milestones within the transformation.

There is a dedicated web page on the NHFT website which answers frequently asked questions regarding the transformation programme. This will be updated regularly with the latest progress of the transformation as it moves forward over the next few months.

To find out more visit www.nhft.nhs.uk/mhtransformation.

NHFT's community mental health roadmap, detailing key milestones through to October 2022