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Better Mental Health in Birmingham 2010 - 2015 consultation


Background information

The Department of Health ‘National Service Framework for Mental Health 1999’, which set out the government’s vision for mental health services, came to an end in 2009. It was replaced in December 2009 by the Department of Health ‘New Horizons: a shared vision for mental health’. Since this was published before the new coalition government came to power in May 2010, they are due to review it.

In July 2010, the new coalition government set out its plans for the future of the NHS, in a white paper ‘Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS.

This consultation has ended, although we are continuing to consult people who use mental health day services in Birmingham. For more information about the Better Mental Health Day Services 2010-2015 consultation, please click here.


What were we consulting about?

This consultation was about proposed changes to mental health services provided on behalf of Birmingham City Council, NHS Birmingham East and North, Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust and NHS South Birmingham.


Why were we consulting?

We need to develop mental health services in Birmingham in line with new government policies. We have therefore proposed that over the next five years (2010 – 2015) the range of mental health services and the way in which they are provided will need to change.

At the end of this consultation, our finished strategy, called Better Mental Health for Birmingham 2010 - 2015 will set out:

  • our aspirations for future mental health services in Birmingham;
  • the services we are going to develop; and
  • the changes we need to make, to improve the mental health of people in Birmingham.

This strategy will guide the way in which mental health services are planned in the future.

Who will be affected by this strategy?

This strategy will guide the way we plan mental health services in the future. The people affected by the strategy will be:

Adults aged 18 and over who may be at risk of developing a mental health need (a mental health need can range from mild depression to severe psychosis) and

Adults aged 18 and over who have a mental health need (or aged 16 and above in the case of primary care mental health services).

The strategy does not include people with dementia unless they also have another mental health need, such as depression.


How long did the consultation run for?

The consultation ran for twelve weeks, from Wednesday 1 September 2010 to Wednesday 24 November 2010.


How can I take part in the consultation?

This consultation has now finished, but we are continuing to consult people who use mental health day services in Birmingham. For more information about the Better Mental Health Day Services 2010-2015 consultation, please click here.

If you are interested in taking part in other consultations about adult social care services in Birmingham, please see our Talk to us web page.


Consultation Documents