Thursday, 28 September 2017
Department of Health
Mental Health Services Provision
The HSE is currently providing a 24-hour service through its Acute Units located in General Hospitals for people requiring urgent mental health assessment and treatment . Work is ongoing to expand upon the services available in the community to ensure a 7-day a week service.
Based on an extensive data collection process, areas have been identified that would require additional resources to achieve 7/7 cover. Engagement with local management teams has commenced in order to achieve implementation of seven-over-seven by the end of 2017. The HSE Mental Health Division is establishing an evidence informed model including detailed clinical, governance, training, and performance measurement structures for the operation of a 24/7 service. Through engagement with local CHO management teams, a working group has been established capturing the views of those from across the service pertaining to what form these extended services should take. Building on the development of 7/7 services, these views will then be presented to management for consideration and implementation. The HSE Mental Health Division have not yet completed a costing model in respect of the 24/7 service.