Redesigning adult mental health services​


Improving mental health services for adults

We want to improve mental health services for adults in Southwark, these are patients who are older than 18 and younger than 65.

We are focussing on how people's mental health is assessed; how they are treated for mental health problems; and also the services they can access when they are in a mental health crisis.


Our goal is to make sure that people can find the right health service for them easily and quickly. We want to this to be the case no matter where they enter the system.

We will be looking at all the possible places patients may be referred from, like emergency services as well as through the police and other statutory services. We will be working with all of these different services to make them more joined up with GPs who can oversee the patients care.


We want to provide services earlier in crisis situations to reduce the duration and severity of relapses. We will be providing more services for mental health crisis in the community - either in a local centre, care home or their own home. Some very specialist mental health services have to be provided at a hospital like the Maudsley hospital. However, for many people suffering from mental illness being in hospital can be very distressing. Quite often, if a patient can be at home they feel happier and more relaxed which leads to better mental wellbeing.


We are focussing on treatment for mental health conditions we know are at high risk of relapse - who get better but often do not stay well. These are:

  • Mood, anxiety and personality disorders (MAP)
  • Psychosis
  • Conditions which require require lower levels of treatment like depression, panic disorder, social phobia or obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Conditions requiring clozapine, like some cases of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

We want to help people suffering from these conditions to stay well. Similarly to crisis mental health services, we also want to help people to stay out of hospital and when they do need hospital based treatment, reduce their stay as much as possible.