Mental health patients moved out of hospitals for new Sheffield home care scheme

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People from Sheffield with mental health issues are being moved from locked hospitals outside the city back into their homes.

Around 12 service users who were previously placed in specialist rehabilitation hospitals outside Sheffield have been relocated back to the city to allow them to get care at home.

The scheme is being run by Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, which has started a Community Enhancing Recovery Team.

It is made up of a consultant psychiatrist, team manager, psychologist, occupational therapist, nurses, social workers, doctors, and recovery workers.

The team delivers healthcare and support to service users with mental health issues, as well as those with personality disorders or learning disabilities, to help them live more independently and closer to their families.

Team manager Debbie King said: “It is expected that the care will be quite intensive to begin with, but likely to reduce over time as service users gain independence and confidence, although the team will have the ability to increase support during difficult times to help prevent re-admission to hospital.”