Community mental health services review

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Throughout Argyll and Bute, more and more people with mental health issues receive community rather than hospital care.

Caring for people away from the hospital setting is a Scottish government policy called Balance of Care. It ensures that patients can be cared for in a more homely setting when clinically appropriate.

The Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is planning to carry out a review of community mental health services.

Gillian Davies, consultant nurse for mental health, who will be leading the review, said: ‘It is essential that we continually review community mental health services to ensure they are providing the right level of care.

‘We will work with stakeholders, practitioners, service users and carers, elected members and our wider communities to gather views and suggestions to help us further improve our community mental health services.

‘All the information gathered will be used as evidence to support the review and ultimately help us shape the future direction of local mental health services.’

Further details of activities will be publicised nearer the time.

Comments, suggestions or further contributions should be emailed to: nhs.abhscp@nhs.net