STRUCTURE: The NHS in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has launched a consultaiton on plans to reconfigure mental health services in the region, aiming to save £12m in the next three years.

The plans include a new “24/7 Advice and Brief Intervention Centre”, a new primary care mental health service and the “consolidation” of inpatient wards.

A consultation document published by NHS Cambridgeshire, NHS Peterborough and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust said: “We propose to combine some of the local inpatient wards for adults of working age.

“We currently have eight inpatient wards and propose to reduce these to six wards, as set out in the table below. The same number of acute beds available locally will be maintained, but the number of beds for rehabilitation will be reduced to 16 from 44, which is a number closer to the average in other areas of the country.”

The reconfiguration is predicted to make a total of £12m of savings by 2014, towards the Cambridgeshire and Peterbrough Foundation Trust’s targeted £14m of savings over the next thee years. The rest of the savings will be made through “business development”.

The consultation document said: “This means that CPFT plans to increase income by bringing in business from other areas, by providing specialist services that are not provided elsewhere.”