Strategic Service Plan for Mental Health Services

The principles guiding the strategic service plan for mental health services are:

  • Service users should be supported to keep in control of their lives
  • Service users should have their rights respected
  • Service users with a mental illness should have equity of access to all services provided by the Trust
  • Clear pathways of care must be developed, with a particular emphasis on the need for early intervention services
  • Psychological therapies and treatments should be more available in both hospital and community settings
  • Services should be developed for those at greatest risk in the community, for example, Travellers and members of minority groups.

The Trust favours a model of care that provides more community based services such as day treatment services and crisis beds in the community. Services will be provided locally within the community. Admissions to acute inpatient mental health beds will be reduced because of early intervention and continuity of treatment and care in the community.