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Trust to transform services in line with Prime Minister’s pledge to improve mental health care

13 Jan 2016

As Prime Minister David Cameron unveils a near-£1 billion plan aimed at helping people including teenagers with eating disorders and mothers with post-natal depression, we are transforming the services we offer west Londoners in line with the Prime Minister’s pledge, and with financial support from local clinical commissioning groups.

The comprehensive two-year programme of changes for people living in Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Hounslow, include improved care for women during and after pregnancy, for people in need of urgent and emergency care and for those seeking community-based ‘talking therapies’ for depression, anxiety and other common conditions.

Key improvements also include:

  • £2 million will be invested in developing community-based crisis response teams offering care at home 24/7 and a new single point of access that enables patients, health professionals and the police to get help more quickly in a crisis.
  • A £1 million is being invested by commissioners in a new perinatal service for pregnant women and new mothers in Ealing and to extend the care available to women in Hounslow, Hammersmith and Fulham.
  • Improved access to ‘talking therapies’, with more treatment options including an expanded online service.
  • £400k investment for an eating disorders service for children and young people to help improve clinical outcomes.
  • Improvements to liaison psychiatry services are under discussion with the trust’s commissioners, who have agreed in principle to provide a 24/7 service, known as ‘Core 24’.

Sarah Rushton, executive director of local services who is leading the changes said: “West London has ambitious plans to improve the care and treatment we offer to west Londoners and they are in line with the pledge to improve mental health care that Prime Minister David Cameron has just outlined. Working with our commissioners and service users and carers we have developed plans and are now implementing them so that patients can be assured we are here to help them when they need our support most.”

Dr Mohini Parmar, chair of Ealing CCG and lead commissioner for West London Mental Health Trust, said: “Investing in improving mental health care is an investment in making our communities healthier. As commissioners of care we are keen to provide the best joined up physical and mental health care possible and this far-sighted programme of transformation and change will deliver on that commitment.”