Tavistock residents hear about exciting plans to transform mental health

Residents in Tavistock were able to hear about ambitious plans to transform community mental health in Devon at the recent Community Wellbeing event at Butchers Hall.

Staff from Devon Partnership Trust (DPT) and Livewell Southwest (LSW) – the providers of adult community mental health across Devon – were on hand to share information, listen to feedback and answer questions at the event on Friday, 12 November.

DPT and LSW are leading on work to transform, expand and improve community mental health services across the county as part of the Community Mental Health Framework.

The providers are working alongside Primary Care Networks, the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector (VCSE) and those with lived experience to ensure that care is more consistent, joined up and better meets the needs of individuals as well as their local communities.

Ali Kingdon, Locality Change Co-ordinator at Devon Partnership Trust, who is helping to bring local partners together in the South and West of Devon, including Tavistock, was one of the representatives on the day.

She said: “It was a brilliant day and we were delighted to be able to talk to so many people about the work we’re doing to try and improve community mental health across Devon.

“We heard first-hand of people’s experiences of accessing mental health services, what’s worked well for them and what they think could be improved and also from people who haven’t accessed our services but who may need to in the future.

“We know how important it is that services are as close-to-home as possible for people and that sometimes people have had to wait too long to receive help or have fallen through the gap between services and feedback from people on the day really reiterated some of these issues.

“The framework really looks to address these issues by ensuring that we work really closely alongside our GPs and Primary Care Networks and our amazing voluntary and third sector organisations to bring care and support closer to people’s homes and ensure that the right help is received at the right time and in the right place whether that’s attending a community group or benefitting from more structured treatment from a mental health team.

“We want to ensure we get this right for people and we’ll be attending lots of events over the coming months including Carers sessions so that we can gather more feedback and input.”

If you want to find out more about the framework, you can visit the Together for Devon website.

Alternatively, you can email dpn-tr.communications@nhs.net if you would like to receive updates about the framework or get involved.