Future Provision of Social Care for People with Mental Health Conditions Consultation

Closed 24 Jan 2018

Opened 29 Nov 2017


Adults in Staffordshire with mental health conditions needing social care support and assessments are currently supported by two organisations - South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) and North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust (NSCHT).

Staffordshire County Council is legally responsible for making sure social care for adults with mental health conditions is available to people across Staffordshire.  In May 2009 the County Council agreed that SSSFT and NSCHT would provide these functions on its behalf through a formal process called a 'Section 75 Partnership Agreement.' 

The County Council is now looking to implement a new 'Section 75 Partnership Agreement' with just one provider of adult social care mental health services across Staffordshire from 2018 - SSSFT - believing this to be the best approach for the future, so that:

  • Everyone should receive the same standards of mental health social care support regardless of where they live in the county.
  • The system will be less complicated allowing stronger and closer relationships to develop with other adult social care partners. 

Why We Are Consulting

What is happening in 2018?

The County Council has reviewed the agreement with the SSSFT and are proposing that they are the only provider of statutory mental health assessments and case management services in Staffordshire (excluding Stoke-on-Trent).

This means that during 2018:

  • Assessments and mental health related social care will no longer be provided by NSCHT - this will be provided by SSSFT instead.
  • Health services that are paid for by NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (e.g. health care in hospitals) will continue to be provided by NSCHT and SSSFT as they are currently. 

The consultation has now closed. 

Thank you to those of you who provided feedback on what you think about our proposals, your suggestions for doing things differently and how the new agreement could impact on you.

Your feedback will be used to inform a decision and the implementation of this proposal.  We will share a summary of the feedback shortly.   


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