Mental health and learning disability milestones through the decades

Since the NHS was founded on 5 July 1948 there have been huge changes in the way we think about mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity – and in how we support people. Take a look at some of the key milestones and developments over the last 75 years and how they have affected what we do in Devon.

In 2023

In

2023

Our newly-constructed ward in Torbay, Salus, opened in May 2023. The light and airy ward provides a range of facilities, including treatment and therapy rooms, a family room, 16 en-suite bedrooms as well as offices for staff, a main reception and waiting area.

In 2021

In

2021

The Devon Wellbeing Hub launched to support healthcare, social care and police staff impacted by COVID-19. Designed to be a place where colleagues concerned about their wellbeing can come, unpick their needs and be supported to get to the right services quickly. The Hub also offer support for teams, giving colleagues an opportunity to think about their collective wellbeing. 

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In

2020

The Community Mental Health Framework (CMHF), part of the NHS Long Term Plan, was launched which aims to improve community mental health services around Devon to meet people’s needs more fully.

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In

2020

Our South West Provider Collaborative is established as a fast track Provider Collaborative for Adult Medium and Low Secure Specialised Mental Health Services. Over the next few years, our Collaborative receives delegated responsibility from NHS England for the following specialised services: Children and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS); Learning Disability and Autism; Adult Eating Disorders; Adult Medium and Low Secure Learning Disability and Autism; and Forensic Children and Adolescent Mental Health (FCAMHS).

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