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Norman Lamb visits Hammersmith & Fulham Mental Health Unit

16 Jan 2015

Norman Lamb MP with senior nurse manager Simba Kaseke

The Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, minister of state for care & support visited Hammersmith & Fulham yesterday to learn more about our crisis care work.

Simba Kaseke, senior nurse manager, led the tour of the unit, and took the minister to the s136 suite, where they discussed the crisis care work, the place of safety and the impact that their hard work has had.

The minister was particularly interested to hear that there are no out of area placements and no children or adults being put in police cells. He commended the difference we are making to people’s lives through collaboration.

The tour was followed by a discussion about our cross agency Crisis Concordat action plan, how the challenges of the concordat are being addressed with a particular focus on ‘staying well/preventing a crisis’ service development.

The minister also met Chief Inspector Dan Thorpe and Borough Commander BJ Harrington from the Metropolitan Police Service on the visit.

The visit was prompted by the North West London Mental Health Programme Board, which was just the second area nationally to publish a 25-agency wide declaration and action plan in November 2014.

The plan sets out our shared commitment to improve partners’ responses to those in mental health crisis across the system and also sets out an ambitious plan to develop and deliver more preventative community-based services that help people before they reach a crisis point.

The minister was really impressed with the visit and tweeted following it: