10 May 2015, North

Improving mental health service provision

The ‘Five Year Forward View’ (FYFV) report, published by NHS England in October 2014, states that “the NHS must drive towards an equal response to mental and physical health, and towards the two being treated together.”

It is important to strengthen the level of primary and ‘out of hospital’ care available to patients

The report also suggests that an important focus needs to be on the expansion and strengthening of the level of primary and ‘out of hospital’ care that is available.

Supporting the increase in demand for mental health care

Mental illness is the single largest cause of disability in the UK and each year, about one in four people suffer from a mental health problem.  

Against the backdrop of the various challenges outlined in the FYFV and its proposed new models of care, it is clear that mental health services face a serious test in the coming months and years.

Through our strategic approach to planning and managing the existing NHS estate, Community Health Partnerships (CHP) is working to effectively support commissioners, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Local Authorities and other partners to help bring about a real transformation in the way these services are delivered.

Case study: Flagship example of out of hospital care in Merseyside

Public Private Partnership (LIFT Co) Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnership’s (LSHP) latest development - Clock View - is a flagship example of what the proposed new ‘multi-speciality’ community provider model of care could look like moving forward.

Valuable local asset

Opening its doors to patients in February 2015, Clock View is an 85 bed residential mental health facility in Walton, north Liverpool that provides short-stay treatment for people with a range of mental health issues including depressions, anxiety and dementia.  It also provides the city’s new psychiatric intensive care unit for those most in distress and in need of urgent patient care.

The centre has been developed by LSHP on behalf of Mersey Care NHS Trust under the Mersey Care TIME (To Improve Mental Health Environments) Project.

Setting a new standard for mental health care

Speaking about Clock View, Humphrey Claxton, Chairman at LSHP said: “It has been a pleasure to work in collaboration with Mersey Care to develop such a leading new facility, which has given the local economy a huge boost, creating hundreds of jobs for local health partners and acting as a catalyst for growth in North Liverpool.

“The hospital sets a new standard for mental health care, designed to promote well being, from the use of natural light to the high standards of accommodation an secure outdoor areas.”

Reducing the stigma of mental health

Deemed a revolution in mental health service design, Clock View is built on the former Walton Hospital - a dilapidated building that was no-longer fit for purpose and stood as a physical reminder of the now out-dated approach to mental health care that has historically fuelled a lot of the stigmatism that can exist around the issue of mental health.

Clock View’s innovative and careful design maximizes the use of natural light throughout its activity and therapeutic areas and has safe inner garden courtyards and en-suite facilities for each of the private rooms.

Mersey Care’s Chief Executive Joe Rafferty explains: “Clock View is a beacon that will help tackle the stigma associated with mental ill-health.

“…..every patient has their own room…..and it provides the highest standards of care within a therapeutic environment – all designed to promote recovery.”

New vision for improved standards of care

Mark Day, CHP Executive Director, said: “Clock View is a leading example of what the future of mental health care needs to look like. 

"It is great to see long-term investment being made into such facilities and we are proud to be part of a vision that sees a new standard in mental health care being set that provides the very best in-patient care and promotes well-being.”

Clock View is a beacon that will help tackle the stigma associated with mental ill-health.

Joe Rafferty, Chief Executive, Mersey Care