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You can view all the press releases and news updates relating to the Step up to Great Mental Health consultation here.

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Time’s Running Out to Have Your Say - 5th August 

People are being urged to make sure their views count as a 12-week consultation into adult mental health services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland draws to a close soon.

Hundreds of people from the local area have already had their say on the proposed improvements  – and there’s still time for you to get involved, but the closing date is only 1 week away - 15 August 2021. 

Looking after our mental health and wellbeing has never been more important.  Leicester Football Club, Leicestershire County Cricket, and Leicestershire & Rutland Sport (LRS) have already thrown their weight behind the consultation into plans that would transform the way adult mental health services are delivered.

Under the plans*:

  • The number of crisis cafes would increase from three to 25
  • The Crisis Service would improve
  • The hours we work with the police triage car would increase, which means that more qualified mental health staff would be attending more incidents with the police
  • A Mental Health Urgent Care Hub (introduced at the beginning of the pandemic) would become permanent
  • An Acute Mental Health Liaison Service would be developed
  • Support for vulnerable groups, such as homeless people, would be joined up
  • More treatment and recovery services would be available close to where people live with the creation of eight teams for adults and eight for older adults

 

Gordon King, Director of Mental Health at Leicestershire Partnership Trust said: “Services are under pressure and the way we operate currently isn’t fit for purpose. Under the proposals, new mental health services would be more joined up and available more locally.

“We want people to be able to access mental health services, when they need them, in the right place and in a timely manner. These proposals will help us do that, but we don’t want to make changes without patients, service users and stakeholders having their say. It’s really important that people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland tell us what they think. This isn’t a tick box exercise; we will read and listen to all the feedback and use it to help shape our proposals for the better.” 

*To find out more about the proposals, the consultation and to complete a questionnaire to share your views please go to: www.greatmentalhealthllr.nhs.uk . Whether you are a current service user or may need support in the future, get involved by filling out a questionnaire and step up to great mental health! 

You can also see case studies which explain what would happen to people now experiencing different aspects of mental health difficulties and what would happen under the proposed new and improves services by vising our You Tube channel www.youtube.com/channel/UCOTUvHOZbw3BvppnngXRpMw

The consultation closes on August 15th.


Leicester Football Club and Leicestershire County Cricket Among Those Backing Mental Health Consultation - 2nd August 

Health bosses in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are teaming up with sports clubs to encourage their fans to feedback on mental health services.

Leicester Football Club, Leicestershire County Cricket, and Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport (LRS) are among the clubs backing a consultation into plans that would transform the way mental health services are delivered.

A twelve-week consultation on proposals to improve adult and older people’s services is already well under way, with the consultation closing on August 15th.

Now the NHS has won support from sports clubs locally who are keen to encourage their players and fans to back the consultation and provide their feedback before the survey closes.

Gordon King, Director of Mental Health at Leicestershire Partnership Trust said: “We know that mental health difficulties are a growing problem. Even before the pandemic, figures showed that one in four adults experienced some form of mental health problem in their life. This means that it is more important than ever to transform our mental health services. We need as many people as possible to fill in the consultation and tell us what they think. We have some fantastic sports clubs in our area with big followings, so we’re really pleased to have both their support and influence.”

Leicester City Football Club Ambassador, Alan Birchenall, said: “We know that mental health difficulties affect many people and, among those people, will be our own supporters. We really care about them and our local community, so would encourage as many people as possible to support the mental health consultation. People need to have their say to make sure the proposals set out are what they think are needed.”

Leicestershire County Cricket Club CEO, Sean Jarvis added: “As a club we always support those initiatives that will raise awareness of mental health, the difficulties people can face and the support that is out there. We’ve encouraged the Leicestershire County Cricket Team and our staff to back the consultation and complete the questionnaire. We’re also encouraging our supporters across the county to do the same.”

Vincent Kelsey is a Peer Support Worker with Leicestershire Partnership Trust. The 55-year-old started experiencing mental health difficulties when he was a teenager and he’s encouraging people to get involved with the consultation as well.

He said: “People say that they want things to improve – they want faster access to treatment and then they want to get better more quickly – so it is important that they write their views down and take part. All comments are useful. With this transformation, it will hopefully not take people as long to get support as it did with me, and people can start to rebuild their lives more quickly.”

There’s just under a month to go until the consultation closes on August 15th. To find out more about the consultation and complete a questionnaire to share your views go to: www.greatmentalhealthllr.nhs.uk 


Hairdressers Are a Cut Above by Supporting Mental Health Consultation - July 

The NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are working with local hairdressers to help get feedback on plans to revamp mental health services.

A twelve-week consultation on proposals to transform adult and older people’s services is already well under way. Now the NHS are working with more than 20 hairdressers to encourage their clients to get involved in the public consultation about improving and investing in mental health services.

Each hairdresser and beauty salon supporting the promotion of the consultation has been given mirror clings, leaflets, posters and business cards.  They’ve been asked to encourage customers to take a leaflet, click on a QR code and take part in a questionnaire to feedback on future services.

Before the pandemic, 10% of adults said they experienced some form of depression. More than a year on from the first lockdown, one in five adults has experienced depression in early 2021 – more than double pre-pandemic levels. 

Gordon King, Medical Director of Leicestershire Partnership Trust,said: “Mental health and hairdressing fit together more than people might realise.  Busy people with hectic lives, feel a little more relaxed to talk about their troubles when someone is doing something for them to help them feel better about themselves. With one in four adults feeling unwell with their mental health in any given year, that means 25% of customers going to a salon that means 25% of customers going to a salon already need mental health support or may need it in the future.

 “We want to make sure that people are getting the right emotional support. Feedback from this consultation is vital as it will help shape how mental health services are delivered in the future. Our consultation looks at all areas of mental health services, including urgent and emergency mental health as well as mental health support in the community.”

Jamie-Leigh Baily, owner of Meraki Hair salon on Queens Road Leicester said: “We are really pleased to be supporting the NHS with their consultation on mental health services. When you are having your hair done, people feel more relaxed and they open up about what is going on in their lives.  Mental health problems are such an issue especially with the pressures that Covid have brought, that for us it felt really important to be doing something positive to help.”

To find out more about the consultation and complete a questionnaire to share your views go to: www.greatmentalhealthllr.nhs.uk 


The hairdressers and beauty salons involved include:

Roop Ki Rani

The Beauty Refinery

Moda Greco Hair Designers

J's Gents Hairdressers

At Salon 57

The Beauty Box Shop Leicester

RE:NU Hair Studio

Femi Health & Beauty

KH Hair Leicester

10 Indy Hairdressing

11 Redmill Hair - Leicester

12 Smith & Smith

13 Remy Hair Salon

14 Robinson Hair design

15 Meraki Hair

16 Skindeep Laser & Beauty Leicester

17 L'Homme Gentleman's Grooming Lounge

18 Indy Hairdressing

19 Emma Brown Hair

20 Inner Beauty

21 Vizaire

22 Sally Beauty Supplies


‘Step up to Great’ Mental Health services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland - 24th May 2021

Health bosses have unveiled plans to invest in and improve the way adult mental health care is delivered across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland – and the public is being urged to have their say.

A public consultation has been launched today – Monday 24 May – and will run for three months. Everyone is asked to get involved and help shape future services.

The move follows a series of conversations, meetings and workshops with service users, public, staff, and voluntary organisations about their experiences of services. The feedback has helped the local NHS to develop proposals that will improve care provided when it is urgent and to deliver care closer to where people live.

Andy Williams, Chief Executive of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), who are leading the consultation, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic meant we had to quickly change how we worked – introducing temporary measures – to keep service users safe while continuing their care.

“The whole country had to embrace technology in a way we never had before. At the same time, the combined effects of ill health, isolation and job losses is having a huge impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing.”

Before the pandemic, 10% of adults said they experienced some form of depression. More than a year on from the first lockdown, one in five adults has experienced depression in early 2021 – more than double pre-pandemic levels,* with disabled people, vulnerable adults, and those living in the most deprived areas among the hardest hit.

“We want to know what people think about the proposed improvements we’ve made during the pandemic and whether we should make them permanent. We also want to talk to people about other plans to improve mental health services.” said Mr Williams.

Gordon King, Director of Mental Health at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust said: “We have a significant opportunity to enhance the quality of people’s lives by investing in mental health services provided in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

“Mental health heavily influences our whole health and wellbeing. Now more than ever before it makes sense that mental health, just like physical health, is taken care of and maintained. To do this the NHS locally is investing more in local services to dramatically improve urgent and community care and treatment to improve people’s lives.

Mr King continued: “We want to make sure our mental health services are truly responsive and meet the needs of the local population, so people can access services easily and no one ever feels that they are being overlooked. The aim is to take mental health support into local communities, making it easier and quicker to access support where they live, and to build on the successful collaborative approach between primary care, secondary care, voluntary community sector and local authorities developed over the past year.”

The consultation runs until Sunday 15 August 2021. The CCGs want to know what people think about the proposals to improve mental health care.

To find out more about the consultation and what is proposed and why, visit www.greatmentalhealthllr.nhs.uk To request a copy of the questionnaire for you to fill in at home or to arrange to complete it with a member of staff, telephone us on 0116 295 0750 or email beinvolved@LeicesterCityCCG.nhs.uk

*Office for National Statistics, 2021, based on 25,935 adults answering a questionnaire.