Trust welcomes NHS Long Term Plan
07 Jan 19 - 06 Jan 20
Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) welcomes the NHS Long Term plan which was published on 7 January. The plan includes additional funding and support for mental health services.
Tom Cahill, Chief Executive of HPFT, said: “It is good to see a strong focus in the Plan on mental health, particularly for young people and services based in the community, as well as a commitment to invest in the NHS workforce and the use of technology. I am particularly pleased to see that the plan includes mental health care for both young people and adults alongside other major health conditions such as cancer and stroke.
“It is vitally important that we make services as easy as possible for people to access, and we welcome the opportunities the Plan will bring. Equally key to the success of the Plan is making sure that physical and mental health services are delivered in a more integrated way and that people get the support they need to manage the psychological effects of long term physical health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. We are already working more closely with our colleagues in community healthcare. In our new Health and Wellbeing Centre in Hemel Hempstead, teams from HPFT are now working alongside colleagues from Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust to help treat local people in a more holistic way.
“We are delighted that Hertfordshire has been selected as one of the 25 pilot areas for new mental health support teams that will work with primary and secondary schools. HPFT will be working closely with colleagues in education and social care to help ensure that children and young people, as well as their families and teachers, get support and help around mental health concerns. We are also working with our colleagues and partners in the Hertfordshire and West Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) to develop our own local strategy so that we can move towards a population-based approach to health and social care that will deliver real long term benefits to our communities.”
The Long Term Plan website includes the full Plan along with other resources to help explain it.