Past Consultations

Improving mental health Services for people with Dementia in County Durham and Darlington

Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) worked with the local Clinical Commissioning Groups (Darlington CCG, Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG and North Durham CCG) to seek the views of local people on the future location of assessment and treatment beds for older people who have dementia in County Durham and Darlington. This consultation ran from 4 January – 28 March 2016.

Most people who are living with dementia are supported at home, including nursing or residential homes. Some people with complex needs may need to spend a short time in hospital where they can be fully assessed and treated before returning to their home environment or moving to more appropriate accommodation.

TEWV provides specialist inpatient assessment and treatment services for people who have dementia. The consultation focused on the fact that there are currently three 10 bed wards in County Durham and Darlington – one ward at Bowes Lyon Unit, Lanchester Road Hospital in Durham and two wards at Auckland Park Hospital in Bishop Auckland – and future configurations of these beds.

Developments over recent years to the community services, such as specialist support for care homes and general hospitals, mean that fewer people with dementia need to spend time in hospital. Inpatient care is now the exception rather than the norm and occupancy levels and the number of admissions have reduced over the last two years.

The public consultation document provided more detailed information about a number of options for the future location of inpatient services and explains how people could have their say. A series of public meetings were also held across the county as well as targeted sessions for patient, their families and staff involved in  these services.

Further updates about the outcome of the consultation will be added to this page once they are available.


The National Mental Health Strategy – No Health without Mental Health

County Durham Implementation Plan 2014-2017

This Implementation Plan, available here, has been developed in partnership with a wide range of organisations, people that use mental health services and carers. The plan identifies the key priorities that we will focus on over the next three years. We would like your views on the plan, we particularly want to know if we have the right priorities. There are a number of ways you can comment. You could come along to one of our roadshows, complete the online survey here or complete the form, available here, by hand and post it back to us. The document ‘What do you think?’ and the poster here explain this in further detail.

The period of engagement will run from 9th May – 20th June. The final document will be presented for agreement to the Health & Wellbeing Board in September.

Please click below to view the:

Call to action – have your say on local health servicesNHS-belongs-to-the-people_328x212

Patients, the public and staff have the opportunity to join in a discussion about the future of the NHS so it can plan how best to deliver services, now and in the years ahead. 

For more information, visit the Call to Action page.