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'Enhanced 7/7 services' from May [19/01/18]

€4.5 million recruitment process has started

The recruitment process for additional staff to improve seven day mental health responses, has commenced and the HSE expects that the enhanced 7/7 Services will commence on a phased basis from April/May this year, the Minister with responsibility for Mental Health, Jim Daly has said.

The HSE then estimated the level of resources required to provide a 7/7 service across the service. As a result of this exercise €4.5 million was granted for the recruitment of staff, facilities and non-staffing costs associated with the enhanced Service which will initially be for known service users.

A consultation process with all nine CHOs took place to agree staffing numbers and professions and the HSE is now in the process of recruiting the additional staff indicated. The HSE are also developing a more detailed model of care and set of key performance indicators to assess the value and impact of a 7/7 Service which they expect will inform the development of 24/7 Mental Health Services including Crisis Intervention.

The 2017 Mental Health Division Operational Plan committed the Mental Health Division of the HSE to “Improving 7 day responses in Mental Health Services through increased capacity in Community Services”. The Division assigned a Service Improvement Lead to progress the initiative. The HSE has said that they initially mapped the entire 114 Adult Mental Teams to determine the existing level of 7/7 service provision. The results of this exercise showed that there is currently approximately 60% coverage, across the nine Community Healthcare Organisations (CHOs), of 7/7 cover comprising of a combination of Assertive Outreach, Home Based Treatment Teams and Nurse provided cover.

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