Mental Health Strategy Report, Kingston

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Summary of report content

In April 2017, Healthwatch Kingston Upon Thames produced a report to set out a Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy for the people of Kingston by the people of Kingston 2017 to 2021 (a joint report by Healthwatch Kingston upon Thames, the local authority and local CCG). The strategy covers mental wellbeing for all ages and mental health services and support for adults. This comprehensive report sets out a strategy which has been co-produced by a large group of people from the Kingston community, those with mental health problems and those without, their friends, carers and parents, as well as health, social care and public health professionals, commissioners, and a wide representation from the voluntary sector and other local organisations including the police. Over 200 people participated in this strategy. The strategy states ‘The intention is to shift our focus to promoting wellbeing and intervening early with mental health problems to promote recovery. To do this it is imperative that we work in new ways to use the wealth of assets that are already here in Kingston. We also address broader issues such as having a decent place to live, a job, good relationships and a purpose in the community. Making this happen will require cross-organisation and community working and a shared goal to join up support and care’. This co-production process has been led by a multi-disciplinary steering group using a series of workshops run by Healthwatch Kingston Upon Thames. The stories and experiences of local people, professionals and voluntary sector groups that has been gathered during the creation of this strategy have built a clear picture of the mental health needs of their local population, and they describe these further in the ‘Themes’ section of this strategy. Five themes are each considered at length. These are: Improving Mental Wellbeing and Prevention; Early Intervention; Community Connection; Access to Support and Services; Joined up Care and Support.

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General details

Report title 
Mental Health Strategy Report, Kingston
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Kingston upon Thames
Date of publication 
Tuesday, 4 April, 2017
Date evidence capture began 
Tuesday, 4 April, 2017
Date evidence capture finished 
Tuesday, 4 April, 2017
Type of report 
Key themes 
Holistic support
Information providing
Staff training
Other information of note about this report 
Healthwatch reference number 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
GP practice
Secondary care services 
Counselling/improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT)
Inpatient care
Mental health services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
Community mental health team (CMHT)
Learning disability service
Mental health crisis service
Mental health recovery service
Older peoples mental health community service
Social care services 
Children services
Nursing care home
Residential care home
Community services 
Community based services for people with mental health needs

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of disabilities 
Mental health
Types of long term conditions 
Learning disability
Mental health condition

Details of people who shared their views

Age group 
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Other population characteristics 
Homeless people
People who are geographically isolated
People who live in poverty
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Not known
Does the information include staff's views? 
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
All care professionals
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.