Collaborative five-year plan to deliver mental health and learning disability services for Hertfordshire

Published: 05 Jun 2019

A five-year plan has been drawn up by Hertfordshire County Council and its health and education partners to deliver mental health and learning disability services.

The 2019-2024 Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) contract for Mental Health and Learning Disability Services in Hertfordshire was recently agreed in a unique multi-organisational collaboration.

Through its provision of services for children and young people with mental health issues, HPFT is one of the key partners identified to help Hertfordshire move towards the ambition of delivering comprehensive services for children and adults.

Joining forces with Hertfordshire County Council to deliver these services are HPFT, East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (ENHCCG), Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (HVCCG) and Cambridge & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CPCCG).

Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health, Richard Roberts said: “I am delighted that we can continue with the excellent partnership working that brings a wealth of specialist knowledge across mental health and learning disability.

“HPFT, Hertfordshire’s mental health Trust has been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and that is the best place to be, to deliver our ambition for high quality and timely services for our residents.”

Chief executive of Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, Tom Cahill said: "Being awarded a five-year contract for the mental health and learning disability services that we provide in Hertfordshire shows the confidence that our commissioners have in the quality of care provided by our staff teams to local people.

"The contract gives us firm foundations to plan further improvements in both the care we provide and the experience of service users.”

The re-negotiation of the HPFT contract enables teams to respond flexibly to meet Hertfordshire’s changing health and social care needs and gives certainty to HPFT to enable them to invest in their outstanding services.

An example of service development is the Peer Support Worker Programme. This employs people with lived experience of mental ill-health within community teams, and on in-patient wards, to support other people during their stay and promote recovery-focussed care planning.

The partners will embrace digital technology and promote a culture of increased joint working and shared intelligence, along with other key agencies.