Adult Social Care Mental Health Services Review


Aims of the review

North Yorkshire County Council Health and Adult Services is currently 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.

Details of how people can get involved with the review engagement exercise, including stakeholder engagement events, are provided further down on this page.


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 servives. 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

Mental health review - briefing for people using services

Engagement exercise

In order to develop the future social care mental health offer the Council sought views from people with lived experience of mental health issues, their family members and carers, current and potential service providers, health and social care staff and other stakeholders.

We are now in process of collating and analysing the information we received. The feedback and analysis will inform the development of proposals around the future delivery of mental health services in North Yorkshire, which we will consult on in the New Year. Details of the consultation and how you can get involved will shortly be published on this webpage. In the meantime if you have any questions about the review, please contact the team at

Engagement events

As part of the engagement we held a series of stakeholder engagement events across the County during September and October to speak to people about what is working well with regards to mental health services and support in North Yorkshire.

Thank you to everyone who attended these events and shared their views with us. We gathered a lot of valuable feedback from these events, which we are in the process of collating with the feedback gathered as part of the wider engagement.