County NHS sets out changes to elderly mental health care

The consultation proposes a new model of care which would see staff in the Memory Assessment Services (MAS) and Long Term Teams (LTT) from different towns working together
The consultation proposes a new model of care which would see staff in the Memory Assessment Services (MAS) and Long Term Teams (LTT) from different towns working together

A consultation on future staffing structures for the county’s mental health services for older adults has been launched.

The consultation proposes a new model of care which would see staff in the Memory Assessment Services (MAS) and Long Term Teams (LTT) from different towns working together.

Staff would operate together in four teams across the county, including Wellingborough and East Northants and Corby and Kettering.

Richard McKendrick, from Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We believe that by bringing these two teams together we will provide a seamless care package which will better meet the needs of the individual service users.

“We have been working with our staff, services users, trust management and governors to form our current proposals. However, we still want further feedback from our staff.

“While we understand many people may be concerned about these proposed changes, our aim is to cause minimal disruption to the care that our service users currently receive.

Although the structure of the teams might change, service users will continue to receive care and our expectation would be that they experience a better quality service after this consultation.

“While there is a need to make the service more efficient, our ultimate aim is to improve and modernise patient experience.”

The trust insists neither services provided nor staffing numbers will be reduced.