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NHS-Led Provider Collaboratives go live: Transforming specialist mental health services in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw

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01 October 2021

South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw (SYB) is the latest health and care system to see provider collaboratives ‘go live’ from today, Friday 1 October.

NHS-Led Provider Collaboratives are new regional partnerships of organisations that provide specialised mental health, learning disability and autism services.

These partnerships are being established across England as part of a national programme of work that sees the responsibility for the commissioning of specialised mental health services transfer from the NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE/I) Specialised Commissioning team to the new regional provider collaboratives.

Two NHS-led provider collaboratives, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Adult Eating Disorders (AED), go live across the SYB region today.

The specialised services in scope are: Inpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) – including Learning Disability and Autism (services for 13-18 years old) and Adult Eating Disorder inpatient services.

Essentially, the commissioning of the above services will now be local rather than national – representing a significant shift of responsibility and new opportunities for providers to work more closely on improving services and care for patients.

NHS-led provider collaboratives comprise all the providers of specialist mental health and learning disability and autism services for the population within a specific area.

The SYB provider collaborative footprint covers Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.  The following organisations will be working in partnership and together make up the two new NHS-led provider collaboratives:

1)    Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS): General Adolescent and General Adolescent LD Services, Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PICU), Specialist CAMHS Eating Disorders Units, CAMHS Low Secure and CAMHS Low Secure LD and Autism/ASC Services


·       [Lead Provider] Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust (which runs the Becton Centre for Children and Young People)

·       Cygnet Hospital Sheffield

·       Riverdale Grange (eating disorders)


2)    Adult Eating Disorders: Specialist inpatient services and associated teams (e.g. day services, outreach)


·       [Lead Provider] Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber (RDaSH) NHS Foundation Trust – (no AED specialised/in-patient provision)

·       Riverdale Grange – Specialist Eating Disorders Hospital, Ranmoor, Sheffield

SYB’s third NHS-led provider collaborative with responsibility for Adult Secure mental health services will go live next year.  This will include Adult Low and Medium Secure Mental Illness, Personality Disorder, Learning Disability (LD) and Autism/ASC Services.  The provider partners working towards ‘go live’ for this area of specialised commissioning are:

·       Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust – Forest Lodge

·       Cygnet Hospital Sheffield

·       Riverside Healthcare – Cheswold Park Hospital

·       Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber (RDaSH) NHS Foundation Trust – Amber Lodge

·       Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – Wathwood Hospital

Together these organisations will seek to transform specialised mental health services in line with the priorities outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan.

From 1 October, the SYB NHS-led provider collaboratives are seeking to transform services by streamlining referral and assessment pathways, ensuring the right community services are in place and addressing health inequalities to deliver better quality services for all.

As Lead Providers of the collaboratives, Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust have ultimate accountability to NHSEI for the commissioning and quality oversight of services provided by partner organisations in their collaboratives.

The SYB NHS-led provider collaboratives have been working closely with NHS England and Improvement to ensure a smooth transition to new arrangements and responsibilities.

Each NHS-led provider collaborative is committed to involving patients, service-users and their families and carers in the development of services through on-going engagement.  Staff working within the services in scope will also help co-produce new initiatives and ways of working.

Ruth Brown, Acting Chief Executive at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust said: “Working together is the best thing for patients and families, and in collaboration we can develop better services for South Yorkshire. The provider collaborative also gives more power to those more directly involved in caring for children and young people, allowing us to more effectively respond to the needs of the families we serve.”

Kathryn Singh, Chief Executive of Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), said: “It is a privilege to work even more closely together with other health organisations across South Yorkshire to deliver the best possible care to our patients.   These closer working arrangements will help us to share best practice better and deliver first class care.”

Michelle Fearon, Programme Director for the CAMHS provider collaborative, said: “By bringing together specialist mental health care providers in this way, we can ensure that the best models of practice across the region are shared. Harnessing the lived experience of service-users, their families and carers, and our staff will be crucial for successful service improvement and re-design.”

Matt Sandford, Director of Transformation and Collaboratives, for RDaSH, added: “We have a vision of providing the highest quality eating disorder care as close to patients’ homes as possible, by working together with our partners in the development of this collaborative, we can share the high levels of expertise across South Yorkshire, to reduce the need for receiving care in hospital and support people to lead successful lives supported in their community.”

Said Claire Holmes, Programme lead for the provider collaboratives in SYB: “The development of the SYB provider collaboratives has been an incredible journey during a challenging time for the health and care system. Our progress is testament to the hard work, support and collaboration by all providers and stakeholders involved in delivering improved specialised services across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw.

“There is more to do but we have built very strong foundations and are looking forward to working with staff and service-users to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients and their families.”

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