SCN Yorkshire and Humber workplan 2013-14

This document outlines the high level work priorities for 2013-14 of the Strategic Clinical Network for Mental Health, Dementia and Neurological Conditions Yorkshire and the Humber.

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Mental health

Mental health work priorities are to:

  • Supporting the implementation of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (in Neuro too)
  • Reducing premature mortality in people with a serious mental illness – young people’s suicide rate reduction
  • Implementation of Yorkshire and Humber wide s136 arrangements and central ‘hub’
  • Develop a Parity of Esteem Task/Finish Group linking with NHS England to see what Yorkshire and Humber can learn from this
  • Use of MHIN as a benchmarking tool for Yorkshire and Humber CCGs
  • Working with Specialist Commissioners, scope pathways to Tier 4 to iron out variation in CCG referrals

Anticipated outcomes include:

  • Improved access to services which results in clinical improvement and recovery
  • Reduced cost to the system and the economy as people recover more quickly from illness
  • Increased patient choice and satisfaction
  • Improvements in patient reported outcomes and recovery rates.
  • Reduction in ‘excessive’ deaths for people with a serious mental health illness compared to people in the general population.
  • Reduction in health inequalities within the region.
  • Better management of long term comorbidities and medication.
  • Improvements in reported experience by people using community mental health services.
  • Improved quality of life for people with a mental illness.


Dementia work priorities for 2013-14 are to:

  • Develop systems and process which will facilitate an increase in the quality and timeliness of diagnosis rates in primary and secondary care for dementia
  • Develop a consistent model for Yorkshire and Humber on post diagnostic support so patients have a more positive experience of care
  • Reducing the use of anti-psychotic medicines for people with dementia in care home settings
  • Dashboard of dementia information to benchmark CCGs
  • Scope the impact of MH liaison teams for dementia to avoid admission to hospital

Anticipated outcomes include:

  • An increase in people with dementia receiving a formal diagnosis.
  • An increase in the proportion of people receiving a diagnosis when they are in the mild to mid stages of illness and having a full diagnostic assessment.
  • An increase in the length of time people with dementia are cared for at home.
  • Improvements in reported patient and carer experience.
  • Reduction in dementia-related emergency admissions and achievement of CQUINs
  • Improved quality of life for people with dementia currently living in care homes.
  • Reduction in the number of deaths for people with dementia where a fall or stroke is a contributory factor.
  • Workforce awareness and education to be dementia friendly by 03/14

Neurological conditions

Neurological conditions work priorities for 2013-14 are to:

  • Pathway design of acute/emergency admissions and design of headache/migraine services including triage and reduction of admissions
  • Community neurology – scope and design a model of service for CCG(s)
  • Identify datasets for benchmarking neuro services
  • Audit LT neuro rehabilitation services in specific CCG areas
  • Neurology Assurance Framework – what does “good” look like?

Anticipated outcomes include:

  • Reduction in hospital admissions
  • Delivery of triage services, reduce outpatient referrals and ability to provide some clinics in the community
  • Benchmarked services comparing each service against an Assurance Framework that will provide the commissioners with a quality standard guarantee of what they are buying
  • Improved use of Specialist Commissioning rehabilitation beds and better experience for patients being in the correct place for their conditions