Views sought on mental health service provision

Service users, carers and the public are set to be consulted about how mental health services in Edinburgh should be delivered.

Members of the Health, Social Care and Housing Committee will be asked to approve the consultation of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commissioning Plan 2014-2016 at its next meeting on January 28.

The aim of the commissioning plan is to make the existing services provided by the Council and NHS Lothian as accessible and effective as possible to those who need them.

The continued implementation of the joint mental health strategy ‘A Sense of Belonging’ requires that these services, such as counselling, accommodation and employment support, be accessible to more people and that they promote greater social inclusion.

Councillor Ricky Henderson, Health and Wellbeing Convener, said: "We are committed to delivering high quality care and support to the many people who will be affected by mental illness at some point in their lives. Plenty good practice already exists in Edinburgh, and the commissioning plan will build on this. Greater integration with the NHS will also be of great benefit to those who need these services.

"Asking service users, their carers and other members of the public for their opinion about how they would like care to be delivered demonstrates our commitment to improving health and supporting those who need it."

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