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Mental health

Everybody has mental health, however one in four people at some time in their life will experience issues with their mental health due to a range of health and social factors.

The CCG has worked together with commissioners and providers of health and social care and members of the public, including those with lived experience and their carers, to develop the Mental Wellbeing strategy for Bradford and Craven.

The strategy outlines our shared commitment to promoting mental wellbeing and tackling the things that cause mental ill health. The strategy is guided by three overarching principles of delivery:

By 2021 we have to deliver on our five strategic outcomes which have formed the foundations of our implementation plan:

  1. Early action, awareness and prevention people will be supported to recognise and value the importance of their mental wellbeing and take early action to maintain their mental health through improved prevention, awareness and understanding:
  2. Promote good wellbeing people will enjoy environments at work, home and in other settings that promote good mental health and improved wellbeing;
  3. Easy access to integrated care people will experience seamless care and have their physical, social and mental health needs met through services that are integrated and easily accessible;
  4. Services focussed on recovery people will reach their maximum potential through services which are recovery focused, high quality and personalised and which promote independence;
  5. Transforming services people will expect support to be commissioned and delivered in a way which leads to increases in efficiency and enables transformation of care through reinvestment. 

A voice for people and their carers who are experiencing mental health issues: 

Key services if you or someone you know needs support with your mental health, you can contact our services:

Star ratings

Improving access to psychological therapies – recovery

 1 star

One star - worse than the English average 

7 out of 20 who complete psychological therapies recover, which is much lower than the standard and needs to improve.

Access and recovery to IAPT

Our vision is increased access to psychological therapy, engaging people earlier to prevent deterioration in their mental wellbeing and reducing the social and economic impact for individuals and their families. 

To increase and improve access to psychological therapies, we have extended our MyWellbeing College service model through a multi-provider network that offers choice, flexibility and easy access. We understand that people may need support while waiting for appointments and we have a range of community support services, led by the voluntary and community sector, who also offer a range of services.

Delivering new services for people with long term conditions and ensuring that services provide a balanced range of culturally appropriate and effective interventions.


Children and Young People’s Mental Health

1 star

One star - worse than the English average 

Just under 20% that is to say one in every five children and young people estimated to have a diagnosable mental health condition were receiving services in the community this result is below the national target of 30%.

Our joint Local Transformation Plan was developed in the context of Bradford and Airedale with reference to the Joint Health Needs Analysis of emotional and psychological wellbeing of children in Bradford (Public Health 2015). There are five key themes to the work we are progressing, there are:

  • Promoting resilience, prevention and early intervention
  • Improving access to effective support: a system without tiers
  • Care for the most vulnerable
  • Accountability and transparency
  • Developing the workforce.

 Some of the key things we have developed are:

  • A community-based eating disorder service to support children and young people with an eating disorder, while remaining at home instead of having to travel out of area for treatment.
  • We have established the roles of mental health lead in schools, created a network of support and training for the champions and launched our mental health matters website.
  • Expanded the First Response service to ensure children and young people at a time of crisis have their needs assessed and are able to access safer spaces as an alternative to admission.
  • Providing therapeutic care to vulnerable young people, specifically looked after children, by making sure they receive an assessment from a mental health worker.
  • Building resilience, early intervention and prevention by developing a children and young people’s single point of access hub.
  • Providing vulnerable children, young people and families who are from refugee and asylum seeking families with specialist support.
  • Developed the Youth in Mind model which aims to support children and young people with the most appropriate community based support, this is delivered by trained youth workers, mental health workers, young people with lived experience, mentors and counsellors.

Going forward, we are transforming our child and adolescent mental health services to provide seamless and specialist support.

Improving access to psychological therapies – access

 1 star

One star - worse than the English average 

Access to psychological therapies fell below the 4.2% standard and needs to be improved.


First episode of psychosis

 2 star

Two stars - similar to the English average.

Access to intervention for psychosis is above the 50% standard,  with almost 2 out of every 3 people being seen within 2 weeks for a NICE recommended care package.

Our Early Intervention in Psychosis service is for people aged 14-65 years old who may be experiencing issues with their mental health, such as:

  • Unusual or distressing beliefs.
  • Hearing, seeing, sensing or feeling things that no one else can (e.g. hearing voices).
  • Feeling suspicious or paranoid.
  • Jumbled up or confused thinking.

This is sometimes called ‘psychosis’. Often this happens when stressful events or situations have become too much and intervening early can prevent problems and improve long term outcomes. We are developing our services  so that people who are at risk can reduce their risk of transition to psychosis.

We aim to ensure that people receive specialist care within two weeks of a referral. Our Early Intervention team provides a range of services including psychological therapies, medical and social interventions designed to meet people’s needs, and helping them get their lives back on track.


Mental health out of area placements

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Reducing out of area placements for people with mental health problems is a key priority – currently we have 115 bed days placed out of area.

Our vision is to deliver care for people who need mental health support as close to home as possible as this leads to better outcomes for people in the long term. This commitment means we have taken a full system approach to reducing our Out of Area placements. This includes:

  • Our First Response service – this is a single point of self-referral available by telephone 24 hours a day, seven days a week for anyone in need of urgent mental healthcare. Roles within the service include tele-coaches (psychological therapists) who are able to assess and support via telephone, nurses and social workers who are able to make in situ assessments and advanced nurse practitioners (ANP) who are able to prescribe and divert away from out-of-hours and emergency services.
  • For people they have identified as being in crisis police and emergency services have also been given access to a timely response.
  • Alternative spaces for people in crisis were created in partnership with voluntary services including The Haven and The Sanctuary, which are available for those needing support (from 10am to 1am) and are an alternative to A&E attendance.
  • New roles were introduced in the inpatient setting including ANPs to support with nurse-led discharges; this process supports stepping down to the care of our Intensive Home Treatment Team.
  • A housing social worker post was created to support with delays in identifying suitable accommodation which were preventing people from being discharged home in a timely way.
  • Our community spaces, delivered by the voluntary and community sector, which provide peer and group initiatives to support people in their own communities.

Looking ahead, we will build on the above services to meet the CORE 24 standards of providing mental health liaison into acute care settings. We also have a commitment to increase our use of personal health budgets so that people can manage their own care and support and avoid reaching crisis and the need for specialist inpatient care.


Physical Health Checks for people with Severe Mental Illness

 3 star

Three stars -better than the English average 

In 2014/15 549 out of 983 (40.5%) of people with a severe mental illness received their physical health check, this is much higher than the England average of 34.8%

We will reduce premature mortality associated with physical ill health in people with severe mental illness to below the Yorkshire and Humber average by 2020.

We have developed an electronic template for GP surgeries to help with annual health checks this template provides a structured process to ensure all the necessary checks (e.g. blood pressure, weight, smoking status etc.) are carried out.

This has helped to Bradford district and Craven to feature in the top 10 in the country for performing physical health checks in SMI patients, allowing doctors to pick up early warning signs of problems such as heart disease.

The process is shared with inpatient and community mental health services in Bradford District Care Foundation Trust although more work needs to be done in children’s mental health services and early intervention in psychosis to ensure the checks are undertaken routinely. Health checks can lead to referrals for example smoke-free services which could lead to a reduction in smoking.

Not looking after the physical needs of people who have a severe mental illness  is known to result in an increase in accident and emergency attendances and unplanned admissions. This is significant since 81% of emergency admissions for people with a severe mental illness are for physical health problems. In addition, people with a severe mental illness face a greater risk of developing physical illnesses:

Service users will be made aware of increased physical health risks and fully informed about the importance of health promotion, prevention and health management.

Local mental health services will also consider physical health needs as part of their initial and ongoing care programme approach (CPA) assessment and liaise with primary care.

A voice for people and their carers who are experiencing mental health issues:

If you would like to be involved in improving care or tell commissioners about your experience please contact us on wellbeing@bradford.nhs.uk

Key services

if you or someone you know needs support with your mental health, you can contact our services: