Are you a not for-profit Provider? Could you help us design and develop a specification for a new self-harm support service?

North Yorkshire County Council – on behalf of the Humber Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership (HCV HCP) – is seeking a not for-profit Provider, to help us design and develop a specification for a new non-clinical self-harm support service as part of the wider suicide prevention programme. We are keen that the design of the specification for the new service is co-produced with people with lived experience of self-harm and support services, and that it reflects the needs and views of people affected in the Humber Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership (HCV HCP) area.

The grant for this project is £5000.

Further information about what this opportunity involves can be found below and all expressions of interest should be made on the Application Form.

The project commencement data is anticipated to be 4 January 2021.

Please find the service specification here and guidance application form here.

 Warning over demand for mental health services due to Covid-19

Inpatient services for County Durham, Teesside and North Yorkshire were largely spared during the first wave of Covid-19 infections.

However, the impact of lockdown restrictions, bereavement and a faltering economy have combined since the summer to leave health chiefs facing the prospect of a major influx in the coming years.

“Being locked down can have a significant effect on mental health and they are some of the people coming through services who have not been known to us before.” Said Jennifer Illingworth, director of operations at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.

“We’ve tried to predict what the total system need for mental health will be, for anyone providing a mental health service. It gives quite a scary number over five years of about 160,000 extra referrals – of those we predict about 47,000 would come as secondary care.

“We’re now trying to look at how we can invest more in the front end of mental health services, to meet needs of early intervention and prevention so people don’t need hospital services.”

Of the total number of expected extra referrals for some form of mental health service over the next five years, more than a third are expected to be under 17.

A 24-hour mental health support phone line has been set up to try and deal with ‘lower mental health needs’ as part of efforts to keep on top of demand.

Crisis teams offering emergency help remain ‘very busy’, while all of the trust’s inpatient beds are currently in use, with spare capacity snapped up almost as soon as it becomes available.

But bosses say they are most concerned about the number of people since the start of the pandemic who have entered the mental health system for the first time and have immediately sent for hospital treatment.

Ms Illingworth added: “It’s been really busy over the summer and that continues.