ASC106 - Remodelling of Community Restart Service

Closed 12 Dec 2012

Opened 18 Sep 2012


Outline of Proposal

The Community Restart service supports people with severe and enduring mental health problems to live in the community, maintaining their tenancies and accessing crisis support as necessary.

The service also helps service users when they experience a crisis, preventing hospital admission.

The service operates what is known as a ‘hub and spoke’ model of service delivery. 

The service has an element based at Greave House and provides crisis and intensive support for people with severe and enduring mental health problems, either on release from hospital or because they are experiencing a temporary crisis and require additional support. This is delivered in partnership with an external provider, Petrus. It has 3 crisis beds and 11 ‘step down’ beds to support the rehabilitation back into the borough of service users in residential care homes outside of the borough.

Another element of the service consists of providing floating support to service users within their own homes. Service users supported by this floating support service have access to the crisis beds if their condition deteriorates. The service is fully funded by the council apart from a small contribution towards the crisis beds from local health services.

It is proposed to remodel the Community Restart service to comprise:

  • The continuation of the 3 crisis beds partly funded by health and social care;
  • An 11 bed recovery based enablement service, developed in partnership with Petrus, which prevents admission to residential care or brings people back from out of borough residential care placements; and
  • A new recovery based floating support service that supports those people with mental ill health assessed as needing support to retain their tenancies


General Impact

Rochdale has more people with mental health problems than is average for the UK. Giving people access to an enablement service and supporting them during their residential placement will minimise the time they spend in residential care.

Impact on Service Users    

It is expected the increased emphasis on re-ablement will have a beneficial impact on service users.

The indicative saving for this proposal is £190,000

As the proposal will affect service users, we have undertaken an Equality Impact Assessment to identify likely or actual effects on people with protected characteristics. The Equality Impact Assessment will be reviewed and updated as required, taking account of consultation feedback.

You can find the full proposal document and Equality Impact Assessment below in the related documents section.


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