Thousands of pounds will be invested in new healthcare jobs to improve mental health services in Nottinghamshire.
Councillors sitting on the Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee on July 26 voted in favour of spending £170,000 on a range of new roles, including three Reablement Community Care Officers, an occupational therapist and a social worker.
The plans, in partnership with Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, will be funded by the Mental Health Recovery Fund, with £20,000 from Adult Social Care and Public Health reserves.
An allocation of around £150,000 is available to the Council to fund posts that can support improved discharge work and the avoidance of hospital admission.
Ainsley Macdonnell, Service Director at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “At the end of March this year, the Government announced a new mental health recovery fund which is incredibly welcome as demand for mental health services continues to increase.
“The funding that we have equates to about £1.8m and that is across the partnership for the city and the county.
“The council has been allocated £170,000 for adult social care.”
But some councillors raised concerns over recruitment as some of the roles would only be in place until March 2022.
Reablement Community Care Officer Rachel Halvey, who is based in the Newark team, works with people to regain their independence and reduce or avoid the need for ongoing help.
She said: “Everyone is different. You need to assess that person and have a different approach and find out what their goals are.
“You work with someone and hopefully after that period they’ve improved their life and gained skills they didn’t have before. Some people don’t want to engage straight away, but you need to give them time to build up that trust.
“We also work with people supporting them out of hospital. Sometimes someone may have been in hospital for up to two years.
“It’s really rewarding, seeing someone from the beginning to the point where they no longer need your support.”
Councillor Boyd Elliott, Chair of Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “Rachel and her colleagues are doing a brilliant job supporting people who are being discharged from hospital, as well as helping people avoid a mental health crisis.
“Prevention and early intervention are part of our overall strategy to keep people living as independently as they can in the community.”