Mental Health

The vision for Wakefield is to improve the mental health and psychological wellbeing of people across the district. To achieve this we need to:

  • Support the prevention of mental health problems
  • Invest in early intervention
  • Promote self-management of mental health problems
  • Focus on recovery
  • Ensure services meet physical and mental health needs, and that no one falls through the gaps
  • Ensure service user and carer participation in everything we do.


Connecting Care Hubs: Primary Care Mental Health Workers

The service aims to provide person-centred, holistic care to those individuals suffering co-morbid physical and mental health conditions in order to improve their outcomes. Primary Care Mental Health Workers from South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPFT) are co-located in the Connecting Care Hubs and deliver the service. Their role includes:

  • Supporting patients who might benefit from a holistic assessment to address their physical and mental health needs
  • Focusing on early intervention and promoting self-directed support and recovery
  • Developing a culture of raising awareness, promoting positive choices and empowering patients to control their own recovery
  • Collaborating with a wide range of organisations to facilitate onward referral into appropriate services to support individuals.


Care Homes

40% of older people living in care homes are affected by depression.

The work within the Enhanced Health in Care Homes Vanguard has supported many residents to improve their mental health and wellbeing through holistic assessments and multi-disciplinary team working, with SWYPFT providing the mental health nurses which are part of the team. In addition, NHS Wakefield CCG has worked with SWYPFT and the Alzheimer’s Society to develop a Dementia Friends Guide for Care Homes. The guide is available to all care homes in Wakefield and guides them in achieving their Dementia Friendly status.


Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT)

IAPT is delivered locally through Turning Point Talking Therapies, and is commissioned by NHS Wakefield CCG. The Talking Therapies model uses online and face-to-face counselling, workshops, groups and self-help materials alongside two Talking Shops, to support local adults with low level depression and anxiety amongst other mental health issues.


The Talking Shops are located on the high streets in Wakefield city centre and Castleford and are open seven days a week. Focusing on ease of access and a smooth transition into secondary services, the model provides a wider offer of prevention and early intervention, to allow people to access talking therapies services away from a traditional GP or medical setting. From April to December 2017, the IAPT service saw over 7,300 people in Wakefield.


In order to achieve the Government’s ambition that 25% of people that would benefit from psychological therapy are able to access it by 2020, Wakefield CCG and Turning Point are looking to grow the current service. Working with physical health care partners including GPs and The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, there will be new therapists recruited and trained to support people suffering anxiety and depression associated with their physical long-term conditions.


Find out more about Turning Point's Talking Therapies.


Mental Health Navigators

In March 2015, WDH and NHS Wakefield CCG entered into a partnership to fund a team of three Mental Health Navigators, who support people with low level mental health issues. The team help people to sustain their WDH tenancy or home and to prevent them entering into secondary services. The team also work very closely with the WDH Wellbeing Caseworkers.

Development of a Clinical College for Mental Health

The Clinical College for Mental Health is a virtual college hosted on the NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group’s intranet. The college provides an opportunity for primary and secondary care clinicians, who have an interest in mental health, to work together in partnership to create an evidence-based way of working, sharing clinical intelligence, data collection and action learning. Offering a blend of face-to-face collaboration, alongside the interactive, online platform, the long term goal of the college is to support an improvement in patient care, treatment and recovery.