Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership Contract Signed – 26/06/13

A new partnership agreement has been signed by Dudley and Walsall councils for the delivery of mental health services.

The arrangement will initially see a three year partnership between the two local authorities and the Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust who will deliver the services.

The move formalises the existing informal partnership working in the delivery of mental health services and builds on a history of effective working between health and social care providers locally.

The objective of the Partnership Arrangement is to improve services for users and carers through closer working between the NHS and the two councils. The agreement enables people with mental health problems to access high quality, integrated services with highly skilled professionals working together in a multi-disciplinary team. The agreement has been made under Section 75 of the National Health Service Act (2006) which allows for health bodies and health related local authority services to work in partnership to deliver services.

Councillor Dave Branwood, cabinet member Adult and Community Services, Dudley Council said: “We are pleased to have agreed this partnership with Walsall council and Dudley & Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. It represents a highly effective use of our resources with the best interests of the public sitting at the heart of this new partnership. We always strive for innovation in social care in Dudley and we are proud to be taking a partnership approach within this area.”

Gary Graham, Chief Executive of Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust added:
“I am delighted that we have signed off these partnership agreements, not least when many mental health providers are unfortunately being pressed not to provide integrated services in this way. We are committed to continuing to provide accessible and high quality services to people in Dudley and Walsall”.

Councillor Barbara McCracken, portfolio holder for social care with Walsall Council Coalition, said:
"We are delighted to have a formal partnership with Walsall and Dudley Mental Health Trust to improve joint working across health and social care in Walsall.

We anticipate that this will improve the services we offer people who are suffering from poor mental health in the borough.

We will continue to seek the feedback from service users and their family carers about the services we now jointly provide so that in partnership we can ensure that they are delivering the best services that people may need."