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Trust to transform services in line with pledge to improve mental health care

15 Feb 2016

West Londoners are set to receive better mental health services from March 2016 in line with recommendations in today’s national Mental Health Taskforce Report.

West London Mental Health NHS Trust and its local clinical commissioning groups are introducing 24/7 access to mental health care and improving care for adults, women, the elderly and children. People living in Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Hounslow will benefit from better care for women and babies 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 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.
  • £400k investment for an eating disorders service for children and young people to help improve clinical outcomes
  • Improved access to ‘talking therapies’, with more treatment options including an expanded online service.
  • 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 which will fulfil NHS England’s commitment to improve mental health services. Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind and chair of the independent Mental Health Taskforce was a member of our own transformation board and we have benefitted from his expertise locally and hopefully our work has informed the national programme. Also, 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 with 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.”

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