Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Wirral’s all-age disability and mental health service Wirral Borough Council believes everyone, regardless of their age or personal challenges can live a life that is healthy, active and as independent as possible.
A key component in delivering on that vision was the redesign and reconfiguration of service delivery across Wirral. Adult social work teams for mental health, social work teams for adults with disability, social work and family support worker teams for children with a disability were Wirral Borough Council services that were transferred to the NHS.
This new system is making a real difference to people’s lives and has received positive feedback from peer reviews. The feedback has highlighted more positive joint working, particularly with complex cases and ability to share information, resulting in improved coordination and oversight of cases with a speedier response for those receiving the service.
Problem solving has improved across health and social care with a greater understanding of safeguarding in health amongst social workers.
The positive impact of co-location on innovation including therapy teams and shared responsibilities for waiting times has also been noted.
Social workers, support workers and community nurses now work side by side, putting the people they support at the centre and working together to help people live the best lives that they can.