Trust takes part in national NHS mental health pilot

18th September 2019

A trust which provides services for people in Rotherham with mental health needs is taking part in a national pilot to field-test new urgent and emergency mental health standards.

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) is one of a number of community mental health trusts which is working with NHS England and NHS Improvement to gather data to inform the final recommendations of the national NHS Clinical Standards Review.

The pilot will start in October 2019 and focus on capturing the experiences of adults, children and young people across Rotherham who use mental health services both in the community and also in emergency departments.

It will also test the proposed new clinical standards and share learning and information which will be fed into the Review evaluation and support future roll out of the standards in spring 2020.

Debbie Smith, RDaSH’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “This is an exciting time for the NHS as a whole and we are delighted to be involved in this national project and be at the forefront of future potential pioneering changes in the NHS.

“As pilot site this means that the views of local Rotherham people will contribute towards the roll out of the wider national Clinical Review of Standards across the NHS.”

The Trust has received £200,000 funding from NHS England which will go towards the setting up and carrying out the field-testing process.

This field testing exercise is part of the Government’s Clinical Review of NHS Access Standards Interim Report by the NHS National Medical Director which was published in March 2019.