Adult Social Care Mental Health Services Review

Mental health commissioned services consultation

North Yorkshire County Council’s Health and Adult Services has recently consulted on proposals for how third sector organisations will be commissioned to deliver mental health support on behalf of the Council in future.

The consultation took place between 22 January 2018 and 19 February 2018.

Further information about the consultation proposals and previous engagement is available from the following documents:


Mental health commissioned services consultation - consultation document

Adult social care mental health review - engagement summary report


Thank you to everyone who took part in the consultation and shared their feedback with us. We are in the process of collating and analysing all of the information we received. Further information about next steps will be published shortly.

If you have any questions about the review please contact the team at


Aims of the Adult Social Care Mental Health Services Review

North Yorkshire County Council Health and Adult Services has been working with partners to develop proposals for what an adult social care mental health offer should look like for North Yorkshire.

It is expected that the future offer will have a focus on promoting good mental wellbeing for all people in North Yorkshire, as well as early intervention and prevention, and supporting recovery from mental ill-health.

How will this affect local mental health services and support?

The future social care mental health model will consider what the best balance will be between which social care mental health functions will be delivered by the Council and which could be delivered by external organisations on its behalf.

We will be making some changes to how mental health services are delivered by the Council in partnership with health trusts, but the plan is that any social care offer will still be delivered as part of a joined up approach with healthcare services. Our guiding principles will come from the North Yorkshire Mental Health Strategy (Hope, Choice and Control), the Crisis Care Concordat and Future in Mind (Children and Young People's Mental Wellbeing).

The Council currently commissions a range of non-statutory adult community mental health services from voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations in North Yorkshire. The contracts are primarily funded by North Yorkshire County Council with some contributions from local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

These contracts have provided a range of community-based support including mental health resource centres, social inclusion support, employment support, peer-led support and outdoor activities.

The Council is now required to re-procure this service provision as continuing to extend these contracts is no longer possible under EU procurement regulations. New non-statutory community support provision will need to be procured and implemented by 1st October 2018, when the current contracts are due to end.

We will be using this opportunity to review whether there are any changes to the current range of services, or the way the services are delivered that can help us deliver the outcomes we have committed to in our Mental Health Strategy.

Further information about the review is available from the following briefings for stakeholders and people using services:

Mental health review - stakeholder briefing (August 2017)

Mental health review - briefing for people using services (August 2017)