21 Jul 2016
Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb described the Cassel as a “wonderful place” when he visited the service on Ham Common yesterday (21 July).
The MP for North Norfolk, who is also chair of the Personality Disorder Commission, met with senior staff and patients who were able to show him why this unique resource manages to reach successful outcomes where other services have failed.
The team was also able to discuss the need for a more joined up approach to both the commissioning and provision of personality disorder (PD) services across the country.
The Cassel, which is run as a therapeutic community, provides specialist tier 4 intensive residential treatment as well as a ‘step down’ community outreach service.
The service recently hosted a national conference about the future of PD services and hopes to create a network to bring together services and professionals and improve the quality of services.
Norman Lamb, whose son has mental health problems, has campaigned to ensure that mental health gets treated with the same priority as physical health.