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Consultation on the Future Provision of Social Care for people with Mental Health Conditions

Fri 1 Dec 2017

Staffordshire County Council is legally responsible for making sure social care services for adults with mental health conditions are available to people across Staffordshire.

Adults in Staffordshire with mental health conditions needing mental health social care support and assessments are currently supported by two organisations: South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) and North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust (NSCHT).

The County Council is proposing to implement a new ‘Section 75 Partnership Agreement’ with just one new provider in 2018 – South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT).

Staffordshire County Council believes that having one provider supporting people across the whole of the County is the best approach for the future as it will provide a consistent quality of service for everyone, regardless of where people live in the County.

As SSSFT already provides mental health social care assessments and social care support for people with mental health conditions in most of Staffordshire (i.e. in the district and boroughs of East Staffordshire, Stafford, South Staffordshire, Cannock Chase, Tamworth and Lichfield),service users living in these areas would probably see no change if this new agreement is formed and implemented.

However, people living in the Staffordshire Moorlands district or the Newcastle- under Lyme borough may see some changes, including changes to the referral process and where they may meet with social care staff.

As a key stakeholder or partner, they would welcome your views on the proposed Section 75 agreement with SSSFT through an eight week consultation which starts on Wednesday 29 November and finishes at midnight on 24 January 2018. They are keen to hear what you think about their proposals, any suggestions you have and how the proposed new agreement could impact on service users.

You can take part in the consultation in a number of ways:

• By completing the online feedback form which is available at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/mentalhealth which is where more detailed information about the consultation can be found.

• By downloading the feedback form which is available at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/mentalhealth and emailing it to asc.support@staffordshire.gov.uk or posting it back to us.

• By sending your thoughts to asc.support@staffordshire.gov.uk.

Your feedback will be used to inform the final decision, which will be made in the New Year by the County Council’s Cabinet.