"ESA Support Group RDash Interventions"

About: Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health

(as the patient),

I am aware that the tendering of mental health services in my area is due.

I would like to ask, what measures and interventions are being planned by RDash with regard to group of service users who will live out the course of their natural lives having being classified unfit for work (40yrs +) assuming another 5yr contract is awarded to them. Lowest cost arm's length monitoring and management of such patients with costly revolving admissions re-admission would be to be letting this cluster of users down and would create a forgotten generation all over again.

There ought to be multi-agency approach to projects (that promote wellness) in place to engage those with mental health problems placed in the ESA Support Group cluster by the DWP should there be a change/no change in provider from said trust.

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Response from Nick Arkle, Patient Engagement/ Psychosocial Interventions Lead, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust

Dear trialnerror,

Thank you for posting your opinion.

As RDaSH is a service provider it does not tender services, this function is with the Clinical Commissioning Groups, who define the tender for services they wish to have provided. RDaSH responds, as appropriate to tenders that are published.

Benefit changes can affect many people for whom RDaSH provides a service.

Should you or anyone else have concerns about the changes I would suggest contacting your care co-ordinator or lead professional who may be able to help, or to signpost to appropriate services. Alternatively you could contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS), who can signpost to the appropriate services. PALS can be contacted on 0800 015 4334 or pals@rdash.nhs.uk or by post to:

PALS

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust

Park Lodge

St Catherine’s

Tickhill Road

Balby

Doncaster

DN4 8QN.

Kind Regards,

Nick

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Update posted by trialnerror (the patient)

So RDash is now a signposting organisation who don't provide services or interventions for those with a long and enduring m/h probs who may have recently been assessed as eligible for 'support' group' ESA?

I don't understand what this response has to do with the question around appropriate interventions to maintain wellness, thus deferring/preventing costly inpatient stays?

Response from Nick Arkle, Patient Engagement/ Psychosocial Interventions Lead, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust

Dear trialnerror,

Each individual will have their own specific needs regarding ESA and maintaining wellness.

If you are currently accessing RDaSH services and believe your needs are not being met I suggest that you speak with your Care Co-ordinator or Lead Professional.

If you are not currently accessing RDaSH services and believe that you have unmet needs I would suggest that you either request a referral by your GP, or self-refer to the appropriate Access Team. The contact details of the Access Teams can be found on the Trust Web Site: http://www.rdash.nhs.uk/information-for-the-public/services/service-directory/

Alternatively you can contact PALS, the details of which are given in my initial response.

Kind Regards,

Nick

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Update posted by trialnerror (the patient)

It seems to be the usual story here then, folks - what seems to be top down unaccountable management apparently having no proactive policy towards the group of service users that need it most. Ultimately it feels like they are showing contempt for front-line staff, carers and said cluster of service users. It's almost like they are saying "It ain't our problem"

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