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Barnsley mental health and wellbeing strategy

Developing an All Age Mental Health and Wellbeing Commissioning Strategy for Barnsley - Updated February 2022 


Mental health and wellbeing is something that affects us all and only by coming together to address the wider factors that affect mental health, by improving services and focusing on prevention, will Barnsley achieve its ambition of being a mentally healthy community.

We have been working alongside our partners within Health and Social Care in Barnsley to develop an all age (i.e. children, working age adults and the elderly) local Mental Health and Wellbeing Commissioning Strategy to cover the next five years.

By implementing this strategy, it is our aim and our ambition, to improve the emotional health and wellbeing of all who reside within the Barnsley borough.

The development of this strategy has been overseen by the Barnsley Mental Health Partnership Board, whose members represent SWYPFT (South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust), the main mental health service provider in Barnsley and other mental health service providers and practitioners (NHS and voluntary organisations), mental health service users and carers, Public Health, Commissioners, Local Authority, Barnsley Healthwatch, Barnsley Hospital, and South Yorkshire Police. The Mental Health Partnership Board reports directly into the Barnsley Health and Wellbeing Board.

We already have access to lots of feedback from local services and people about what works well and where there is room for improvement and the feedback already collected has been used to develop the draft strategy to this point. Thank you for taking the time if you are one of the people who have already taken the opportunity to provide us with your feedback. 

Summary of engagement phase and feedback received 

Between 17 December 2021 and 26 January 2022, we asked people from across Barnsley to share their thoughts and feelings about the vision and priorities for mental health and wellbeing set out in the draft all-age Mental Health and Wellbeing Commissioning Strategy document. People fed back on the format and content of the strategy document; provided direct feedback on their own experiences and/ or posed questions and suggestions for further consideration.

Over the course of this specific engagement phase, we received comments and feedback from over 50 people, either as individuals or on behalf of groups, either in person, via the feedback survey that we have hosted online and provided paper copies of (upon request) or via email or telephone call directly to the CCG. 

The emerging themes from the conversations and feedback that we have received as part of this engagement phase have helped in most areas to reinforce our direction of travel in relation to the aims and objectives set out within the draft strategy.

The feedback captured will also be used to help the next stage which is to shape the development of the delivery plan that will sit alongside the strategy.

Our aim is to continue to develop and strengthen the dialogue that we have established with the range of partners and stakeholders highlighted below and build upon the established local networks we have in place as well as developing new ones in areas where we know there are currently gaps.   

A copy of the engagement summary report can be accessed here.  This provides details of who responded, what people told us, and what we need to consider and emphasise in relation to the principles set out and sections included with the final version of our draft strategy and future ways of working.

For further details

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On behalf of NHS Barnsley CCG and our local partners in this work, we would like to thank you for taking the time to share your views with us.