Partnership Update – Mental Health Special Edition
Over the course of their lifetime, one in four people will experience mental ill health – that’s more than 185,500 people in Northamptonshire alone. It’s currently too early to know the full mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is undoubtedly affecting people and services, meaning this number is certainly expected to increase.
Improving and developing mental health care pathways, services and outcomes is one of four priority transformation programmes that we are focusing on together as local health and care organisations through Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership (NHCP).
In this special edition of NHCP’s Partnership Update newsletter, you can find out more about the extensive partnership work that’s continuing to improve local mental health services – and how a truly collaborative approach is delivering real positive change and shaping our plans for the future.
In March’s Partnership Update, we bring you an update on The NHCP Apprenticeship Awards 2020 which recognised the fantastic contribution of local apprentices who go above and beyond the call of duty. There’s a special feature on mental health, with news of how the successful Crisis Cafés are reaching even further into our communities’ through two new pilot projects, and the launch the latest edition of our monthly Pod Squad podcast. Elsewhere, you can find out how men referred for prostate cancer investigation are set to benefit from faster diagnosis and quicker access to treatment thanks to the introduction of a new care pathway to Northamptonshire. We also report on early success and next steps for the newly-implemented Musculoskeletal Triage Hub; bring you details of a brand new NHCP leadership programme; highlight how our new population health board is working to tackle some of the biggest health issues facing Northamptonshire, including a new approach to helping smokers kick their habit; and much more.
Move over January, February is finally here – and thanks to the leap year we have an extra day to talk about the work we’re doing as a Partnership. In this edition of Partnership Update we announce a big step forward in our journey to bring integrated digital health and care records to the county; report on the latest on our county-wide social prescribing programme as four local ‘delivery partners’ are confirmed, and hear from a newly recruited link worker about the difference the service is already making. Elsewhere, we talk with the newest member of the NHCP leadership team; update on the publication of the Northamptonshire Health Care and Wellbeing Plan; encourage one final push on flu vaccination; reveal how local services are supporting people to manage their mental health and wellbeing… plus much more.
Happy New Year! We’re back and ready for what 2020 has in store for us. In this January 2020 edition we reflect on the past year and remind ourselves of our many achievements as a Partnership, and announce that My Health and Care Directory is now live and available for public use on the NHCP website. In addition, we have some fantastic news about our new county-wide social prescribing service, and we unveil plans to improve musculoskeletal and urology services in the county. There’s also a spotlight summary on our collective county-wide winter communications campaign and you can even read about how one of our Partnership projects has attracted attention all the way from South Korea, plus much more.
In the November 2019 edition of Partnership Update, we announce the launch of the NHCP Pod Squad, a new monthly podcast series to help health and care colleagues stay in touch with the issues that matter while you’re on the go. You will also find the latest update on the Northamptonshire Health, Care and Wellbeing Plan; news of funding for a new urgent care hub for the county; an update on our work to develop a county-wide social prescribing service; the latest on our work to improve respiratory illness prevention and care across Northamptonshire; and the moving story of the local parents who are bravely backing our winter flu vaccination campaign after the tragic loss of their baby son.