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Reductions to Public Mental Health (S05)

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Portfolio: Health and Partnerships Portfolio

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Removal of the Arts on Prescription service

Discontinue community based mental health improvement training (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) This will affect around 90 persons per year who are referred to the Arts on Prescription service at the Bridge Visual Arts Centre and around 120 individuals per year who are referred for the structured Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Referrals are received for both these interventions from GPs, community nurses, Community Psychiatric Nurses , therapists, professionals in social care and voluntary sector workers and groups. Referrers will signpost individuals and families to resources provided by other agencies including the voluntary and private sector. These resources will comprise of web based information, telephone support or self-help groups, where they exist.

There would be no capacity to undertake local campaigns and limited capacity to support national or regional campaigns in Darlington. Public Mental health £67,000 Open Arts (Leisure) & £21,750 Living Mindfully.

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Related FAQs

Has the Council looked at ways buildings or services could be looked after by local groups?

Has the Council looked at ways buildings or services could be looked after by local groups?

We appreciate that there might well be groups willing to take over running buildings or services. While it is important that they are aware of the costs and responsibilities they would take on, we would be very happy to receive proposals. Unfortunately the speed of the spending reductions mean that the Council does not have the time to work with groups over any length of time so proposals need to be firmed up quite soon. 

You blame Govt cuts but other towns/cities still have libraries and arts centres – is this a case of financial mismanagement?

You blame Govt cuts but other towns/cities still have libraries and arts centres – is this a case of financial mismanagement?

Darlington has always been regarded by our external auditors as good at financial management, this is not the reason we are facing such high levels of cuts. Other councils will also be announcing cuts over the coming months and years. The level of cuts required as a result of Government grant cuts vary depending on many factors, but generally deprived areas have been hit worse. Also, other councils have higher Council Taxes than Darlington so have more revenue from that source than us, so their cuts will be less.

What will be the impact on voluntary organisations such as Citizen’s Advice, Age UK, GADD? What happens if they close?

What will be the impact on voluntary organisations such as Citizen’s Advice, Age UK, GADD? What happens if they close?

We fully support the work of our voluntary sector partners and hope to continue to work with them in the future. However, the financial situation is such that the Council is not able to continue funding these organisations at current levels. The likely impact of the budget proposals on these organisations is currently being identified, following discussions with the organisations most affected. We hope that they are able to continue their work by looking at where they can make further cost and efficiency savings, but we appreciate that in some cases this may not be possible and it will therefore mean a reduction in the support they can offer to the residents of Darlington.  It could lead to the closure of organisations if they are unable to make the necessary changes for them to be sustainable, which will be very regrettable. We want to avoid this happening and we will support organisations making grant applications where we can. We will also be undertaking work to understand the impact of any reductions in service on individuals accessing them. 

Your Say

6 comment(s)

This table lists comments from the public about this proposal

Comment

Cut S05 (Public Mental Health)

The Openart Studio is much more than a leisure activity. It positively engages and supports people to gain mental health resilience. There are so many who have been able to see themselves in a productive way, some leaving their homes for the first time. Some who have suffered a bereavement and really have lost regular communication with others. Others due to job losses experienced depression so deep they have been, for a time, unable to work.
Primary and secondary referrers see how their patients and clients gain mental health resilience by attending Openart Studio. Some come for just enough time to gain their equilibrium, others have periods of fragile mental health that mean they return when they are in need of the accepting and inclusive atmosphere of Openart Studio.
Openart Studio supports the health services, physical and mental. The broad range of backgrounds, abilities and interests lead to everyone feeling valued and knowledgable. We have worked successfully with West Park Hospital, Catterick PTSD unit, Victim Support, NACRO, Adult Services, CAHMs among many, many others. Providing opportunities for people to take a positive look at the future.
Whilst I do understand the necessity of local authority cuts, it does seem that Darlington who set up the Arts on Prescription in 2009 and was used as a model of good practice throughout County Durham, will be not only losing an asset to be proud of, but other services within Darlington for the more vulnerable will be seriously damaged.

I believe Openart Studio meets with criteria 1, 2 & 6

Criteria 1: Prevent needs and problems within families or households getting to the point where more expensive services within the Core Budget Offer are needed, for example, helping households who might be struggling with debt to avoid it getting to the point where they lose their home and become the responsibility of the Council.
Openart Studio is a resource that has enabled attendees to consider a reduction in prescribed medication. It has offered patients from West Park Hospital a positive aspect and support when they resume life away from hospital.


Criteria 2: Help to support new or expanded community or voluntary based solutions to needs and problems.
The Bridge, Centre for Visual Arts is run by volunteers and the broad range of activities offers signpost for those attending Openart Studio. This helps some very vulnerable people at the outset the opportunities to become part of that community. OAS attendees volunteer regularly to help The Bridge stay in an attractive and welcoming venue.


Criteria 6: Enabling the Council to bid for funds made available from Government, Lottery etc. to help grow the economy, improve quality of life etc.
Quality of life includes culture and creativity. To close Openart Studio is to take a significant cultural, social and creative aspect away from Darlington.

Cut S05 (Public Mental Health)

The closure of Darlington Arts Centre was a great loss to the town. Reluctently I accepted that the building was not fit for purpose and was costing too much to heat and maintain. I was very greatful the the Bridge was offered as a haven for the Arts Leisure classes, Open Arts and Community arts activities that went on in Vane Terrace.

Open Art and the Bridge offer a safe light bright creative environment that is particularly welcoming to people who are not ready to join mainstream classes. The fact that the Bridge caters for all talents and abilitites is one of its great strengths. The small scale means that users see what is going on and are encouraged to try new skills. This on its own was was a significant improvement over the old Arts Centre.

The Bridge is home to other groups including an off spin from Open Arts and another from Darlington Society of Arts. An awful lot of goodwill has been generated in the last three years and a lot of voluntary work has gone in to making it work.

I am sure Open Arts can be saved by scaling it down and the Bridge could raise rents to help meet the running costs of the building.

Cut S01 (Sexual Health services)
Cut S05 (Public Mental Health)
Cut S07 (Sanctuary Scheme)

Reductions to Sexual Health and Contraception - This will reduce capacity and resource for the Darlington population which will increase the pregnancy rates (particularly teenage) which will in turn increase pressure on other services. Reducing the availability of procedures and access, can only be negative. Reductions to Public Mental Health - Not enough Mental Health resources anyway let alone with any further reductions. This is one area with little support already and to reduce it further, will be catastrophic. Sanctuary Scheme - This will just increase the numbers of DV and homelessness.

Cut S01 (Sexual Health services)
Cut S05 (Public Mental Health)

Reductions to sexual health - likely to increase teenage pregnancy rate Reductions to Public Mental Health - Likely to increase suicide rate

Cut S01 (Sexual Health services)
Cut S05 (Public Mental Health)
Cut S09 (Obesity Management)

Reductions to Sexual Health and Contraception - I am very concerned this will increase teenage pregnancy rate. In the past I was the lead for paediatrics for Darlington CCG. As a GP I have many teenagers who struggle to take the pill and need LARC. National guidelines say hormonal implant should be considered first line. If GP no longer will be fitting them this will negatively affect their use. I am also concerned that the proposed model will fragment the service. Any barriers will result in decrease uptake of contraception. Children should have a choice of how they can access contraception I cannot understand the concept of triaging sexual health screening to those most in need. Primary care is not funded to do sexual health screening (we were until our contracts changed). Women should have a choice of either Gum or GP for sexual health screening so we have good uptake Reductions to Public Mental Health - As a GP I am concerned that decreasing support to a vulnerable group may have a negative effect. Reductions to Obesity funding - I am extremely concerned regarding this proposal. There has been a lot of work done to address childhood obesity. Children will be identified as having problems with their BMI through the national measurement programme. Children age 5 have not made the lifestyle choices with calorie intake and the amount of exercise they take. They are unable to take themselves to a GP. To tackle children obesity we need programs that have an evidence base and are generally a combination of exercise and dietary advice. Even if a child is brought to a GP medicalising the issue has not been shown to be effective in tackling the issue. Failing to support children will cause increasing health problems for them in the future

Cut S01 (Sexual Health services)
Cut S05 (Public Mental Health)
Cut S07 (Sanctuary Scheme)
Cut S08 (Public Health Other)
Cut S09 (Obesity Management)
Cut S10 (MARAC)

For me as a GP all of the proposed public health reductions will have a negative impact