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Our mental health commissioning strategy emphasises the need to promote recovery and support so that people overcome the consequences of mental illness, helping them to lead satisfying, independent and productive lives. We aim to provide services that are available when needed and are based on the best evidence for effectiveness. This means that people will receive the treatment and support that allows them to recover and maintain that recovery in an environment that gives a sense of belonging and of being a valued part of family and community life.

To ensure that mental health services are the best they can be across our area, we have commissioned Dartington Social Research Unit to map the existing local mental health service provision for children, young people and adults, with the aim of redesigning the system to meet the needs of patients (here). As part of this fact-finding redesign work, thousands of students across South Devon and Torbay have taken part in a first-of-its-kind survey to measure the mental health and wellbeing of schoolchildren.

In addition, as part of closer working between the NEW Devon CCG and ourselves, our mental health team has taken on responsibility for mental health across the Devon Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) footprint on behalf of both CCGs. This collaborative approach helps to give mental health a stronger voice in STP planning and help us deliver effective services across the county.

Another example of joined-up mental health working is the Transforming Care Partnership (here), which aims to make a real difference to the lives of children, young people and adults with a learning disability and/or autism who display behaviour that challenges, including those with a mental health condition. It comprises us, NEW Devon CCG and three local authorities (Torbay, Devon and Plymouth).

South Devon and Torbay CCG’s main mental health providers are: