Developing mental health services for adults and older people in Harrogate and Wetherby

Lead: Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust

Period: 24th Jun 2019 - 13th Sep 2019

Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust are leading on an engagement to develop community mental health services for people in Harrogate, its surrounding areas and Wetherby, who also receive mental health services from the trust.

(Please note that this engagement is being lead by Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust and the NHS Leeds CCG is working in partnership with them and Harrogate and Rural District CCG)

Brief summary of the project

Tees, Esk and Wear Valley (TEWV) NHS Foundation Trust deliver community and inpatient mental health services for Harrogate and its rural district. As part of a contract between the NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Harrogate and Rural Distrcit CCG, TEWV also provides these services for the residents of Wetherby and its surrounding areas.

Proposals for the future development of mental health services for adults and older people were recently approved by the Harrogate and Rural District CCG. These proposals allow TEWV to maximise patient safety and provide the best possible patient experience, whilst remaining true to their commitment to providing care as close to home as possible.

In the future, when people need to spend time in hospital these services will be provided in a specialist facility in York where TEWV is already building a new mental health hospital (expected to be completed in 2020).

By transferring inpatient services from the Briary Wing, Harrogate, it enables TEWV to reinvest money in community services to focus on supporting people at home whenever possible. It also ensures that when someone needs inpatient care they will receive it in a safe, high-quality environment.

By investing in community services, the aim is to reduce the number of inpatient admissions as well as the length of time individuals need to spend in hospital (this is what people told us they wanted). The approved approach releases £500,000 per year to invest in community services. TEWV have already begun looking at how they can improve the way they work to give people the support they need.

We now want to work with local people to develop community services that will support more people to remain in their home environment. We anticipate implementing these developments by Spring 2020.

You can read more background information on TEWV’s website

Who do we want to hear from?

We want to hear from as many people as possible in Wetherby and its surrounding areas in order to finalise our plans. This includes current or previous users of mental health services, carers, family members, volunteers and health and care staff.

What are we asking?

We want to hear your views on the proposals for developing mental health services for adults and older people and if there is anything we’ve missed that would help support people.

How can you share your views?

You can share your views by filling out our online survey:

Have your say on the proposals for community mental health services

You can request a paper copy by emailing us on tewv.enquiries@nhs.net or calling 01642 516468. You can also email your thoughts across or post them out using the address: FREEPOST TEWV

You can also attend one of our drop-ins:

  • Monday 5 August, 1pm – 4pm, Spa Surgery, Boston Spa
  • Monday 19 August, 4pm – 7pm, Bramham Medical Centre, Bramham
  • Wednesday 4 September, 10am – 12pm at Wetherby Town Hall, Wetherby

TEWV are also running several drop-in sessions in the Harrogate and Rural District area, details of these can be found on TEWV’s website.

If you think it would be of use for a member of the team to attend your group or organisations to discuss this, you can invite us to attend existing meetings or events (email tewv.enquiries@nhs.net)

What will happen with my feedback?

All the feedback received will be considered. TEWV will analyse and theme the responses and write an engagement report that will outline the findings and provide recommendations to the commissioning team.

The report will be published on this website and TEWVs website.

If you would like to read more information about this engagement please see the downloads section below.

If you have any questions about this engagement please contact tewv.enquirues@nhs.net or call

Downloads: