Southampton is a vibrant, historic waterfront city with a diverse population, a strong growing economy and high quality health and care services. In Southampton, people living in the most deprived areas of the city have poorer outcomes than those living in the least deprived areas of the city. This means there is for us to do to make sure all of our residents receive the highest standard of health and wellbeing equally across Southampton.
To tackle these challenges, we take action, working across health and care, in partnership with NHS organisations, the voluntary sector and Southampton City Council.
Our vision in Southampton is for a healthy Southampton where everyone thrives. We will do this by:
- Reducing inequalities and confronting deprivation
- Tackling the city’s biggest killers
- Working with people to build resilient communities and live independently
- Improving mental and emotional wellbeing
- Improving earlier help, care and support
- Improving joined-up, whole-person care
In Southampton we have a number of services available, which includes:
- Adult social care services and children services managed by Southampton City Council.
- University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, providing acute, elective and maternity services primarily at Southampton General Hospital and Princess Anne Hospital.
- Practice Plus Group provides services at the Urgent Treatment Centre at Royal South Hants Hospital in the city centre.
- Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust provides adult mental health services.
- Solent NHS Trust provides community and children’s mental health services.
- Dorset Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides our Steps2Wellbeing mental health service.
- Mountbatten Hampshire provide end of life care services.
SO:Linked is a local programme supporting charities and non-profits in the city to thrive, promoting volunteering and community action, and helping those in need to access vital local services. The Southampton SO:Linked service can help you connect with the support and services available in the city to improve your health and wellbeing. The team can link you up with activities, services and groups near you as well as opportunities to connect with other people.
- There are a number of GP practices across the whole of Southampton, which work together in larger groups of six Primary Care Networks (PCNs).
If you live in Southampton, mental health services are provided by a variety of organisations.
- If you or someone you care for is under 18 and experiencing emotional, behavioural and or mental health difficulties, you can be referred to Southampton’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). This is a comprehensive mental health service for children and young people (0-18 years) promoting good mental health and psychological well-being. You can be referred to this service by your GP, your school, health visitor or social worker.
- Support for children and young people up to the age of 25 is also available from No Limits. No Limits provide a wide range of services including information, advice, counselling and support. This help can accessed by contacting the service directly, as well as via referrals from families, friends and professionals. Find out more at www.nolimitshelp.org.uk.
- If you are aged 18+ and experiencing low mood, depression, anxiety or stress, the Southampton Steps to Wellbeing Service provides a range of therapies to support you. Steps to Wellbeing is a self-referral service but GPs and other healthcare professionals can also refer patients to the service. The service provides support over the telephone, face-to-face, in groups or online to ensure that support is as accessible as possible. Find out more at www.steps2wellbeing.co.uk or phone 0800 612 7000. The service also now offers Steps to Wellbeing Body and Mind, which provides talking therapy to support people experiencing psychological distress who are also living with a long term health condition (such as diabetes, COPD, chronic pain, persistent physical symptoms and ME).
You can find out more by reading Southampton's Five Year Health and Care Strategy (2020-2025) here.