Issue details

Mental Health Community Support Services - 11/01746

The Decision needed:

Approval to modernise MHCSS.


How the decision  relates to BS4K and Corporate Objectives

BS4K Priority 15: Improve services for the most vulnerable people in Kent


Impact/costs and risks of proposed decision

The services received by current service users may be disrupted if service changes. Potential costs and risks to be identified through Equality Impact Assessment and Gather Opinions consultation process

Decision type: Key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Notice of proposed decision first published: 10/12/2014

Decision due: 19 Oct 2012 by Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health

Department: Social Care, Health & Wellbeing

Contact: Samantha Sheppard, Senior Commissioner Email:

Consultation process

Completion of informal consultation has delayed timeline for formal consultation.  The review has identified additional work that needs to be completed prior to beginning consultation in order to understand the impact of the proposal on other staff within the mental health workforce and service users.



Please state if there are any additional legal requirements to consult other than those stated in the Local Government Act 1999 - Best Value Duty.



Aims and level(s) of consultation

Gather information; to seek information and opinions from MHCSS staff and Kent and Medway Partnership Trust (KMPT) to inform future planning. Information to be used now.


Making Choices: to seek preferences before making a decision


Key consultee groups

MHCSS staff, KMPT partners


Start and finish dates of consultation.

Gather information: September - November 2011

Making Choices: 11 July  - 10 August 2012


Equalities Impact Assessment included in the consultation documentation. Please state where this can be found.

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Date of publication of consultation outcomes and updated Equalities Impact Assessment

By 31 August 2012


Informing Only (Who and when)

Service users and carers May 2012


Has the matter already been discussed by a Cabinet Committee? If not when will be it discussed by the Cabinet Committee and the date of the meeting

To be discussed at Cabinet Committee on 14 September 2012


Is the matter referred to in your Business Plan or Medium Term Capital Programme?



Which Members and electoral Divisions are affected by this proposed decision? Is it All Members?

County wide service so will impact on all electoral decisions within Kent


Financial implications: Samantha Sheppard, 07795 540071

Legal implications: 11/01746

Equalities implications: Need to modernise services to reflect need and deliver efficiencies.

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