​​​​Mental health services

One in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem in their lifetime.

If you are experiencing mental health problems, the first place to get help is your GP, who may refer you to local mental health services.

The main provider of mental health services for Merton is South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.​

A new IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service to support people in Merton with mental health issues launched in Merton on 1 October 2015.

 


The new free service provides support and help for people who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, low mood and stress. Services include a range of NHS evidence-based interventions and treatments, such as counselling, cognitive behav​io​ural therapy (CBT) and group work. Services are available for people who are registered with a GP in Merton and can be accessed at a number of GP practices and community venues. 

You can find out more about referring yourself directly online to these services here.

NHS Merton Clinical Commissioning Group awarded the new contract to ThinkAction, part of the national charity Addaction, to provide innovative mental health services in the London Borough of Merton.

​The service is called miapt and is provided by ThinkAction​, formerly KCA, the service has been supporting people with their mental health and wellbeing since 1975. ThinkAction is a subsidiary of Addaction, one of the leading national charities providing evidence-based support for mental health, substance misuse and family services across the UK. 

People can either self-refer for confidential treatment directly or speak to their GP who can refer them to the service. 

For more information, visit www.thinkaction.org.uk/miapt or email: mertoniapt@addaction.org.uk or call 020 3823 9063. 

Modernising inpatient mental health services

An investment of £160 million to modernise inpatient mental health services in south west London is now under way. 

The plans were approved in 2015, following public consultation by NHS England and local Clinical Commissioning Groups including Merton CCG.

These plans will see the development of new, state-of-the-art inpatient facilities for patients who are most in need, supported by an extensive network of community services to treat people closer to home. It will transform mental health services across south west London and keep us at the forefront of pioneering new treatments, research and care.

They will also deliver a broad range of community benefits, including a range of residential accommodation, community facilities, landscaped open space and new public parkland at Springfield, improved accessibility and enhanced transport links.

From 2016 to 2023 there will be a phased construction of housing and new state-of-the art hospitals, with the new facilities open possibly by 2019. ​

About the consultation
A public consultation on the future locations of services in south west London took place from 29 September to 21 December 2014. The consultation asked for views on proposals covering the regional and national specialist mental health inpatient services provided by South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS ​Trust, as well as local services for people in Kingston, Merton, Sutton, Richmond and Wandsworth.

This consultation was led by Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) working with Merton, Sutton, Richmond and Wandsworth CCGs and NHS England, alongside South West London & St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

The aim of the proposals was to enhance the quality of clinical care and improve the experience for service users and carers, while bringing the Trust into line with current guidance and best practice. During the consultation, commissioners wrote to over 7,000 people including 
  • staff
  • service users
  • family members
  • carers
  • voluntary groups
  • local councils
  • elected representatives; and
  • health and social care partners

We also placed adverts in local papers, set up a dedicated Twitter account, email address, phone line and web page. As well as the five main public events we hosted, commissioners also attended 74 meetings throughout the area and ran a webinar about the national specialised services.

283 people responded to the consultation survey
we received 76 letters and emails 
191 people attended our five main engagement events, 
we talked to hundreds of other people at the 74 meetings throughout the five boroughs.

For more information about this consultation please visit the Inpatient mental health services consultation page on the Kingston CCG website​ .

Following the consultation

Following consideration of the consultation responses, the preferred option was to create two new centres of mental healthcare excellence at Springfield and Tolworth Hospitals, funded by the sale of surplus land, mainly on the Springfield University Hospital site. Inpatient facilities need improving as some of these are over 150 years old.
  • The five CCGs and NHS England agreed the proposals at their Board meetings during February and March 2015.
  • CCGs are planning an additional £20 million investment in community mental health services over the next five years.
  • These proposals will mean £160 million of investment into two new hospitals for local people at Springfield University Hospital and Tolworth Hospital.
  • The Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee supported the plans and we will work with them to address any areas that need more attention.

What happens now?

We are now working with the Mental Health Trust on the full business case and the plans for the new hospitals which should be fully operational by 2021.

You can see the Board report about the outcome of the consultation and also the independent report into the consultation, which was managed by Participate, below:​

Updated March 2016