Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism Collaborative Programme

We want people of all ages who experience mental health problems, have learning disabilities and/or Autism to live healthy lives, be able to achieve their goals and be accepted and supported in the communities they live in.

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Our Priorities

We aim to improve services for people who experience poor mental health. We are working towards ensuring that mental health problems are given the same prominence as physical health problems in the planning and delivery of local health and care services. In keeping with our broader aims and ambitions, we want to put in place programmes and systems that will help people to stay well and manage their conditions confidently.

We will improve the care and support available in the community and work to reduce the length of time people stay in hospital. We will work with local councils and the voluntary sector to improve housing and job opportunities for people experiencing mental ill-health. We will create new services to avoid unnecessary hospital stays, such as the introduction of crisis pads, which provide a calm, safe, environment for people experiencing crisis or distress.

Our Plan

For many years now, health and care organisations working in our region to deliver Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism services have been working increasingly closer together, through the development of our partnership arrangement and our collaborative programme or work.

Our partnership aims to join up services to better support our patients and make the best use of the resources at our disposal. This approach has developed to the point that we now plan collaboratively across our six local places to ensure that Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism services are meeting the needs of our populations, are available to all who need them and that investment decisions are aligned to longer term strategic goals, supported by evidence based needs.

This presents us with an opportunity to be authentic change makers with a system driver of reducing Mental Health Inequalities and ensuring parity of esteem. Reduction in Health Inequalities must fundamentally underpin and inform prioritisation, objectives and purpose within the mental health, learning disabilities and autism partnership.

To read more our vision, strategic outcomes and some of the key pieces of work that will support their delivery please read: Developing our Strategy for the future – a statement of intent July 2021.

To read about our achievements during 2020-21, please read our annual report here.

Our Work

We have key priority workstreams that will help us to deliver our vision and outcomes over the years to come. These priorities may flex over time as we begin to realise our ambitions and meet the potentially changing needs of our populations.

Our priority workstreams include:

• Learning Disabilities and neurodiversity
• Autism
• Children and Young People’s Mental Health
• Community Mental Health – including Severe Mental Illness (SMI) Physical Health Checks
• Suicide Prevention
• Staff Mental Health Resilience Support
• Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)
• Perinatal and Maternal Mental Health
• Dementia
• Urgent and Emergency Care
• Individual Placement Support
• Children and Young People’s Health and Justice Integrated Care Framework (community)

Plans and Strategies

The Mental Health Learning Disabilities and Autism Collaborative Programme Strategy

Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership Long-Term Plan 2019 – 2024

The NHS Mental Health Implementation Plan 2019/20 – 2023/24

The National Strategy for Autistic Children, Young People and Adults: 2021 – 2016

Children and Young People’s Mental Health Strategic Plan 21/22: We are currently working alongside our partners to develop a strategic plan for CYP’s emotional wellbeing and mental health. The full aligned plan will be published on this website as soon as it’s available. In the meantime, please find the interim document.

Strategic Outcomes

Staff Resilience Hub

Are you struggling with the impact of Covid-19? Don’t struggle on alone – We are here to help you

The past couple of years have been challenging, especially for health, care and emergency services workers.

The impact of Covid-19, global and personal uncertainty, changes to routine and environment and prolonged periods of stress is putting extraordinary strain on our personal resilience.

We know it’s not always easy to seek support but at this time it’s more important than ever for you to look after your wellbeing.

In recognition of this we have launched a new Resilience Hub that’s open to all health, care and emergency services staff across the region.

The Resilience Hub is a confidential service that builds on existing wellbeing support offers that are available and can provide you and your family advice and support that can help with a range of issues from emotional wellbeing to bereavement, burnout and stress, to debt or relationship issues.

The Hub is independent of existing organisational health and wellbeing services and its dedicated team can help you to quickly access the best advice and treatment when you need it.

Visit for more information.

If you feel your service could benefit from additional interim support, please contact

Also, hospital staff and care home staff, who are experiencing a common mental health problem related to Covid-19, also have priority access to local talking therapies services in their area. Details of local Talking Therapy services can be found below.

You can find out more about local Talking Therapies services via the websites below or by speaking to your GP for a referral.

York and Selby IAPT or 01904 556820
North Yorkshire IAPT
Let’s Talk Hull – 01482 247111
East Riding Emotional Wellbeing Service –, self-refer at or 01482 335451
North Lincolnshire IAPT or 01724 867297
North East Lincolnshire 24/7 dedicated support line – 01472 256256 option 3

The Qwell service for anyone aged 18+, offers one-on-one online sessions with qualified counsellors, peer-to-peer support through moderated online forums, online journals and health and wellbeing articles.

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