Young people at risk in Cumbria due to failing mental health service

  • Young people in Cumbria face higher risks of self-harm and suicide due to the NHS trust being unable to tackle issues such as long waiting times says the National Autistic Society. mentalhealth.jpg

    The National Autistic Society has said that serious systemic failings in mental health services for young people are putting patients at risk in Cumbria, reports the Guardian.

    They are calling on the Care Quality Commission to conduct an urgent inspection and have appealed to NHS England to review commissioning arrangements in the county.

    The NAS said it has “lost faith” in the ability of the Cumbria Partnership NHS trust to resolve problems that have included long waits for appointments, complaints over the frequency of followups and problems for families trying to access help in crises.

    In a letter to Simon Stevens, head of NHS England, the NAS chief executive, Mark Lever, wrote that it was concerned about the support the local service “offers to all children, not just those with autism”.

    David Blacklock, chief executive of Healthwatch Cumbria, said: “We will continue to keep the situation under review and will take further steps if we receive evidence to suggest that improvements are not being made quickly enough. We are aware that some of the challenges will take time to overcome, however. It really is very important that if people have further poor experiences that they share these with us.”

    Local NHS commissioners also said there was “a long-term programme of change and we know that we have more to do”

    The Care Quality Commission said it would carry out an already planned inspection of the trust in November, during which it would consider the NAS information. It said: “We are committed to ensuring that everyone receives care that is safe, high-quality and compassionate.”

    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...

Revenue Optimisation "Coventry Mind has recently worked through a programme of Housing Benefit optimisation with Support Solutions and in particular their specialist Danny Key. Throughout the whole process Danny demonstrated that he has excellent knowledge of the subject and was able to put forward a convincing case for the increase in funding to the Housing Benefit team. Coventry Mind has already and will continue to recommend Support Solutions and in particular this service to other organisations." Steven Hill - Director of Central Services


Briefing Signup