Supporting Vulnerable People

Supporting vulnerable people
Our aim is to assist those members of our population, who are seen as vulnerable, to express their health and care needs; get the right health and social care they need and be able to make informed decisions based on receiving the right level of information.

We’re undertaking a number of projects to help deliver this:

  • Ongoing development of child and adolescent mental health services – Our aim is to promote good parenting skills, to identify emotional and mental health problems early and respond to them quickly. We want our children and young people to have the best emotional health and wellbeing and to build social and emotional resilience.

    In November 2015 we were awarded £600,000 national investment to transform services in response to the Government’s ‘Future in mind’ report which encourages a whole system approach to promotion, protection and improvement of mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

    Click here to read more about our Future in mind transformation work in East Riding of Yorkshire.


  • Improving dementia diagnosis and treatment – Residents of the East Riding will receive assessment at an early point in their mental deterioration and where appropriate treatment initiated and care planned. Patients, their family/carer will be provided with sufficient information to manage their illness as it progresses and individuals showing mild cognitive impairment (MCI) will be monitored to establish how their memory is changing. We are working with our GP practices to implement improved diagnosis in primary care and looking at providing improved support to care homes.
  • Personal health budgets (PBH) – More people will be given more choice and control over how money is spent on their care to achieve the best health results. This will be supported by the co-production and personalisation of health care and the increased integration of Health and social care. People who meet the criteria for Continuing NHS Healthcare funding will be offered the opportunity to have a personal health budget (PHB) focusing on those with severe and enduring mental health problems.
  • Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) – People with moderate to severe anxiety or depression will receive timely assessment and effective treatments through a choice of providers which will empower them to greater self-manage their condition. In 2013/14 we procured a range of services through Any Qualified Provider (AQP) and in 2014/15 these services became established with clear pathways and closely monitored outcomes.
  • Improving care for people with learning disabilities and complex needs – In line with the national drive to end the inappropriate use of inpatient beds for people with a Learning Disability and to end the use of ‘out of area’ placements, following the Winterbourne View scandal, we will develop high quality wrap around care locally for people with learning disability and complex needs.
  • Improving services and outcomes for looked after children – We want all looked after children to enjoy good health, benefit from prompt assessment and review, and be able to access high quality services so they can grow up to become healthy independent individuals as they move into adulthood.

    We are working with the Local Authority and health colleagues to ensure all Looked After Children (LAC) receive a prompt high quality holistic initial health assessment of their needs and regular reviews thereafter.  We have also developed dedicated teams, working alongside Health Co-ordinators to deliver health reviews, health advice and support for LAC.  Alongside this all LAC have access to support from the Child Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in an appropriate and timely manner.