Cambridgeshire mental health trust tries to save Personality Disorder Community Services

  • Plans to close a Cambridge drop-in centre for people with personality disorders is set to go ahead.

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust have launched a public consultation into the reorganisation of Personality Disorder Community Services in the county. In March service users took over the centre in a stand against the closure and have remained on site since, reports CambridgeNews. /images/mentalhealth.jpg

    Cambridge County Council and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group became involved and pushed for the consultation.

    In the document, which invites responses up until July 14, the mental health trust states: "In January 2014, as part of the implementation of the Personality Disorder Community Service, a decision was taken to close Lifeworks. We recognise in retrospect that we should have discussed this as a proposal with current service users to gain their views prior to writing to them about the planned closure on March 31 2014. We regret that we did not do this and hope that this consultation will now provide an opportunity for our proposals to be considered and feedback to be received. We have taken on board the concerns raised by Lifeworks service users and we are working proactively with the CCG, the scrutiny committee, Healthwatch, service users, carers and the independent sector to find possible solutions. In response to the concerns raised, we are proposing a transitional support programme based in the community and additional access to crisis support during the transition period for service users who are affected by the closure of Lifeworks."

    Cllr Kilian Bourke, the council's health scrutiny committee chairman, said: "The Lifeworks service users should be congratulated for sticking up for their rights as patients. Their campaign has ensured that this consultation is taking place and I hope that scrutiny's involvement has been helpful. At the same time, the mental health trust's comprehensive consultation paper makes it clear that what is proposed is not merely an isolated closure but a redesign of the Complex Cases service as a whole. This is a complicated package which involves the closure of Lifeworks but also the creation of other new roles, and so a cross-party working group of councillors has been appointed to evaluate the proposals and formulate a response."

    A spokesman for CPFT explained the closure of Lifeworks was part of a larger plan to "ensure many more people can access services across all areas of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough".

    He added: "The proposals may bring changes to the services that some clients have been used to receiving. However, as the document sets out, CPFT remains committed to helping those to provide care to those who need it most and put as many people as possible on the path to recovery. We hope people will find the time to read the consultation document and feedback their views."

    What do you think of this? Tweet us your comments @suppsolutions

Related articles

  • Read More

    People in Bedfordshire can find mental health support through an audio guide

    The guides have been written by clinical psychologists and are available to download in print or listen to as an audio file, reports Bedfordshire News.Dr Judy Baxter, Clinical Director with BCCG and...

  • Read More

    Police officers in Dorset to receive mental health training

    The partnership with the University comes as part of the county’s Mental Health Street Triage Project. It is hoped to equip officers with improved knowledge and skills to assess members of the...

  • Read More

    People in Peterborough can refer themselves for mental health services

    Through a drive to offer support to more people and ease pressure on doctors, people living in Peterborough can self-refer themselves to mental health services, reports Peterborough Today.Dr Adrian...

  • Read More

    The first mental health centre for men

    The site has been set up by Alex Eaton, whose dad took his own life and has suffered with mental health problems himself, in Burton upon Trent, reports BBC Newsbeat.Mr Eaton said: "We are the only...

  • Read More

    NHS trust told no mental health beds available

    Dr Bohdan Solomka has said that on Sunday a lack of beds were applied across the NHS and among private providers, reports the BBC. The director of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trusts...

  • Read More

    Over 16,000 mental health referrals for young people have been rejected

    Between July last year and June this year, data from the NHS has found that Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services rejected 5,396 referrals, reports STV News.Over the last three years 16,565...

  • Read More

    New mental health centre to open in Ardwick

    Plans to build a new £6m treatment and recovery centre in Manchester have been revealed. It will be built in Ardwick and be run by Alternative Futures Group, reports the Manchester Evening...

  • Read More

    Research finds more chance of re-offending if mental health issues are present

    Research has found that ex-prisoners with mental health problems and drug and alcohol misuse are more likely to commit violent offences after release than other former prisoners, reports the...

  • Read More

    Drop in the number of people with mental health issues held in cells

    Recent figures have found that the Crisis Care Concordat has seen over 10,000 people receive care from mental health nurses with the support from police officers, reports the Burton Mail.Figures have...

  • Read More

    Mental health social work scheme accepting applications

    100 places are now available for applicants who have a 2:1 or above undergraduate degree and can demonstrate attributes such as resilience and empathy, reports Community Care.The Think Ahead...

Exempt Accommodation, Welfare Reform and Vulnerable Tenants Everything was extremely useful. I like to hear about the updated case law and how things are changing. Also like to hear other delegates examples and the responses to their difficulties. Support solutions are excellent. K.B- Jephson Housing Association

 

Briefing Signup