Mental Health

Sheena Cumiskey, Chief Executive Officer for the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership, chaired the Mental Health sub-cell meeting on 26th January 2021.

Key Messages

  • Operational and workforce challenges continue to add pressure to mental health services across Cheshire & Merseyside
  • As of Tuesday 26th January acute adult bed occupancy was at 94% and PICU beds was at 92% across C&M, although pressure was high at CWP with adult functional bed occupancy at 103%
  • It is predicted that demand for all mental health services will rise by ~31% over the next 24 months

Operational Issues/Workforce Challenges

The current challenges are:

  • Increased demand and acuity
  • Reduced staff numbers through people needing to shield, and COVID related sickness absence
  • C&YP Crisis Line is currently experiencing high staff turnover
  • Lack of acute bed availability
  • A likely surge in potential health needs, with an anticipated increase in demand of ~31% over the next 24 months
  • A lack of trained and experienced candidates available in the job market for recruitment

Next steps

  • Review the existing Capacity Plan so it is better placed to cope with the expected rise in demand
  • Develop predictive capacity modelling for mental health services, budgeted at £36,000 with £24,000 secured from NHS-X
  • Further develop the workforce plan as part of the LTP
  • Improve workforce monitoring
  • Expand the number of entry routes in to the mental health profession with a clear skills accelerator, increase diversity and expand the MH training offer.