Mental health

Mental health problems are common across all sectors of society.

It is estimated that in any one year approximately one British adult in four experiences at least one diagnosable mental health disorder.

Within the working age population of Great Britain, approximately 11 million people experience symptoms associated with mental ill health (Office for National Statistics, 2001), and around six million have symptoms that meet the diagnostic criteria for mental illness, mainly experiencing anxiety and/or depression.
No Health without Mental Healtha cross-Governmental mental health outcomes strategy for people of all ages sets out the vision to improve outcomes for mental health service users and promote positive mental health and wellbeing amongst the whole population.
A local view is essential to the success of our directorate, and will offer a greater means of identifying local needs and local expectations to develop safe and evidence-based services which are consistent and equitable.

We will ensure that care systems are person-centred, inclusive and of high standards. In doing so, we will expect to reduce stigma and tackle discrimination, prevent avoidable harm and ensure that carers and families are supported.

We will ensure an integrated approach where measurable outcomes and quality standards form the foundation of our endeavours.

The partnerships directorate have a direct contractual relationship with Devon Partnership NHS Trust and commission mental health services through the Western Locality with Plymouth Community Healthcare.

Within the working age population of Great Britain, approximately 11 million people experience symptoms associated with mental ill health

Office for National Statistics

Services we commission

Who are these services for?
People with mild/moderate/severe mental health and learning disability problems including those with comorbid conditions as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autistic spectrum condition (ASC).

What is the function of mental health services?
Our aim is to deliver high quality, evidence based care which is both safe and timely. Our intention is to deliver services to meet the individuals' needs and which remain free at the point of need.

How to access the services?

People can access the services via:

Children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

The CCG commissions services for children and adolescents with mental health problems. Our aim is to commission an excellent model of service provision for children and young people (0-18 years) who require services from the Devon Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

For more information, please visit our children and young people page.

NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group recently published our Transformation Plan for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

It sets out our commissioning strategy, priorities and plans to transform the support and services offered to children and young people over a five year period, commencing this year.

The plan has been developed by the CCG working with partners and providers and taking into account the views of children and young people.

To find out more, please click on the link below.
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) transformation plan

Policies we operate under

  • National Service Framework for Mental Health. Within specialist mental health and social care teams, the framework specified the establishment new teams of staff focusing on the particular needs of individuals or groups of individuals. Commissioners wish to continue this focused approach in new service development and build on the learning form the NSF teams.
                      - Equal and timely access to appropriate services
                           - Single assessments to ensure continuity of care and adopting the "task once" methodology

                           - Co-ordinated interventions planned around outcomes agreed by the user of the service

                           - Integrated health, social and mental health care

  • Mental Health Clustering Booklet (Gateway ref.17250-2012/13). Care Pathways and Packages Project - Developing Currencies for mental health payment by results. Department of Health.
  • Mental Health and the Productivity Challenge (2010). Describes the actions that providers and commissioners may consider taking in order to improve quality, productivity and best use of resources. This explicitly states the need to improve the assessment process and reconfigures community teams, including improvements in employment, accommodation and social relationships.
  • The Francis Report – Recommendations (2013). The conclusion of the enquiry into Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust identified the need to ensure high standards of practice, safety and quality of care. The need to avoid delays and address gaps in staffing provision were paramount and the need to guarantee that risk and impact assessments are carries out and that early warning systems are in place.
  • Recovery within mental health care (Department of Health, 2001; NIMHE, 2004; NIMHE, 2005). 
    Both the Department of Health and the National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE) have vigorously endorsed the concept and practice of Anthony WA (1993), "Recovery from mental illness: the guiding vision of the mental health system in the 1990s". (Psychosocial Rehabilitation Journal 16(4): 11–23).
  • No health without mental health: a cross-Government mental health outcomes strategy for people of all ages, 2011. Department of Health. It provides an outline of the national policy direction.

Other areas of development

  • The further development of the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autistic spectrum condition (ASC) services
  • The ongoing development of Devon Access and Referral Team for a single point of access into mental health services
  • The emerging offender health pathway opening up access to mental health services
A mental health commissioning strategy for Devon, Plymouth and Torbay 2014-2017

Contact us

County Hall

Topsham Road



Telephone: 01392 267 864


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