The three NHS organisations that commission health services across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are reviewing the funding they provide to voluntary and community sector organisations which support people with mental health needs.
As part of this review, they are keen to hear from patients and members of the public, to understand what aspects of voluntary and community sector care are most important to service users and carers.
Leicestershire’s three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are responsible for funding most of the health services across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Speaking on behalf of the three CCGs, Dr Peter Cannon, a working GP in Loughborough and clinical lead for mental health at West Leicestershire CCG, said: “We are carrying out this review as part of our work to implement the Better Care Together Five Year Strategy for mental health. This strategy recognises the extremely valuable role of the voluntary and community sector in supporting resilience and recovery of patients and in supporting carers. These organisations offer diverse services including counselling, advocacy, group support, advice on practical matters such as housing and finances and support with education and employment opportunities.”
Dr Cannon continued: “We want to ensure that, in future, we fund services that best meet local needs and provide value for money. By the end of this year, we aim to have developed plans which we will use to direct future CCG grant funding for mental health services delivered by the third sector.
“It is obviously important to us that we really understand what people value most about these services, so we would really like to encourage people to take part in this consultation.”
You can take part in the survey, which is open until 2 September 2015, at www.surveymonkey.com/r/VCSMHsurvey