St Patrick’s Mental Health Services (SPMHS) is an independently governed, not-for-profit mental health service which provides care and treatment for service users from all over Ireland. We have three Mental Health Commission Approved Centres, our two adult inpatient centres (St Patrick’s University Hospital [SPUH] and St Edmundsbury Hospital) and the Willow Grove Adolescent Unit. We also have a number of Dean Clinics in the community. The SPMHS range of services incorporates in-patient and day services and the Dean Clinic network, ensuring continuity of the most appropriate care and treatment for our service users on their journey to recovery.
In 2018, we launched a new strategic plan, Changing Minds. Changing Lives., which spans for five years until 2022 and is ambitious in aiming to fundamentally transform the historic view of mental health care. The plan outlines how we will work to create an accessible and sustainable model of care, making it suitable for the needs of the population today and future-proofing it for many decades to come. It was developed in response to the near-doubling in demand for our services which we have seen over the past ten years.
In addition to developing our own services in 2018, we continue to play a role in addressing gaps in mental health service delivery across the country. This includes working with a number of Health Service Executive (HSE) Community Health Organisations (CHOs), delivering services such as mental health assessment, outpatient treatment of children and adolescents, and provision of inpatient care to adults.
Over the last number of years, SPMHS has been undergoing a major digital transformation process. A new Health Informatics Strategy was drafted and agreed in 2018. This aims to provide a framework around how we use health information to inform care and improve outcomes for service users. It will also help us monitor our compliance with regulatory standards using data analytics.
Significant progress across these areas of work and towards our strategic objectives was made in 2018.
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