South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw (SYB) is the latest health and care system to see provider collaboratives ‘go live’ from today, Friday 1 October.

Provider collaboratives are new regional partnerships of organisations that provide specialised mental health services.

The move to regional Provider Collaboratives sees specialised commissioning, quality assurance and delivery of Adult Secure Services, including Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism, devolved to partnerships of local providers.

These partnerships are being established across England as part of a national programme of work that sees the responsibility for the commissioning of specialised mental health services transfer from the NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE/I) Specialised Commissioning team to the new regional provider collaboratives.

Two provider collaboratives, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Adult Eating Disorders, go live across the SYB region today. 

The services in scope are: Inpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) – including Learning Disability and Autism (services for 13-18 years old) and Adult Eating Disorder inpatient services. CAMHS services for under 13s will be included in phase two, from 2022 onwards.

Essentially, the commissioning of the above services will now be local rather than national – representing a significant shift of responsibility and new opportunities for providers to work more closely on improving services and care for patients.

Provider collaboratives comprise all the NHS Trusts and Independent Sector providers responsible for specialist mental health and learning disability and autism services for the population within a specific area.

The SYB provider collaborative footprint covers Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. The following organisations will be working in partnership and together make up the two new provider collaboratives:

1. Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS): General Adolescent and General Adolescent LD Services, Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PICU), Specialist CAMHS Eating Disorders Units, CAMHS Low Secure and CAMHS Low Secure LD and Autism/ASC Services

  • [Lead Provider] Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (the Becton Centre for Children and Young People) 
  • Cygnet Hospital Sheffield
  • Riverdale Grange (eating disorders)

2.  Adult Eating Disorders: Specialist inpatient services and associated teams (e.g. day services, outreach)

  • [Lead Provider] Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber (RDaSH) NHS Foundation Trust – (no AED specialised/in-patient provision)
  • Riverdale Grange – Specialist Eating Disorder Hospital, Ranmoor, Sheffield

SYB’s third provider collaborative with responsibility for Adult Secure mental health services will go live next year. This will include Adult Low and Medium Secure Mental Illness, Personality Disorder, Learning Disability (LD) and Autism/ASC Services. The provider partners working towards ‘go live’ for this area of specialised commissioning are:

  • Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust – Forest Lodge
  • Cygnet Hospital Sheffield
  • Riverside Healthcare – Cheswold Park Hospital
  • Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber (RDaSH) NHS Foundation Trust – Amber Lodge
  • Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust - Wathwood Hospital

Together these organisations will seek to transform specialised mental health services in line with the priorities outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan.

From 1 October, the SYB provider collaboratives are seeking to transform services by streamlining referral and assessment pathways, ensuring the right community services are in place and addressing health inequalities to deliver better quality services for all.

The SYB provider collaboratives have been working closely with NHS England and Improvement to ensure a smooth transition to new arrangements and responsibilities.

Each provider collaborative is committed to involving patients, service-users and their families and carers in the development of services through on-going engagement.  Staff working within the services in scope will also help co-produce new initiatives and ways of working.

Michelle Fearon, Programme Director for the CAMHS provider collaborative, said: “Harnessing the lived experience of service-users, their families and carers, and our staff is crucial for successful service improvement and re-design.

“Feedback from our on-going programme of involvement has directly informed our new clinical model for care and we will continue to listen and respond to those with first-hand experience as we shape future services.”

Matt Sandford, Director of Transformation and Collaboratives for Adult Eating Disorders, said: “Collaboration between providers is essential for service improvement and smooth transitions of care. We are committed to joint working and making positive changes for our patients together.”

Claire Holmes, Programme lead for the provider collaboratives in SYB, said: “The development of the SYB provider collaboratives has been an incredible journey during a challenging time for the health and care system. Our progress is testament to the hard work, support and collaboration by all providers and stakeholders involved in delivering improved specialised services across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw.

“There is more to do but we have built very strong foundations and are looking forward to working with staff and service-users to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients and their families.”