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Big cash boost for mental health services in Cornwall

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 11:22am 25th May 2018. (Updated at 12:14pm 25th May 2018)

A cash boost for mental health services in Cornwall

The trust in charge of Cornwall's biggest hospital is getting a big cash boost for mental health services.

Treliske will be getting almost £1.5 million to help safeguard victims in crisis, as part of a £15 million cash pot.

The Beyond Places of Safety Scheme will fund clinics, crisis cafés, and other community services designed to prevent people from reaching crisis point.

That is as well as supporting new approaches and facilities for those who do. 

The five projects in the south west which will receive funding are the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the Community Education Providers Network (CEPN), Plymouth.

A total of 51 projects nationally will receive a cash boost in order to realise plans to improve support.

These will help to integrate health and care support with other services such as housing advice, addiction services and counselling, improve links with local voluntary and community sector partners and provide safe and secure spaces in the community for those experiencing distress.

Bosses say timely support will help to relieve pressures on hospitals by helping to stop unnecessary visits to A&E for those experiencing a crisis.

The projects also include measures to strengthen the long term support available to those vulnerable to mental health crisis and help prevent relapse.

Jackie Doyle-Price, Minister for Mental Health and Inequalities, said: "The last place anyone experiencing a mental health crisis should be is in a busy A&E department or a police cell.

"We are funding a range of innovative local projects that will provide a safety net for those at risk of mental health crisis and make sure they receive the care they need in a safe and secure setting.

"This builds on our previous grant scheme and will strengthen essential services to help prevent people from reaching crisis point, whilst improving support for those who do."

The Beyond Places of Safety fund was launched last year by the Prime Minister and follows the success of a previous scheme which helped to develop hospital based Places of Safety for people experiencing a crisis to avoid them ending up in police cells.

Since this scheme started the numbers of detentions in police cells under the Mental Health Act has fallen by over 90%.

Treliske health hospital

What will the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust cash go towards?

This project aims to co-locate 'Integrated Multi-Agency Prevention and Assessment of Crisis Teams' (IMPACT) so the RHCT Safeguarding team can develop their integrated approach to care, delivering a responsive, stream-lined service to people who are vulnerable to, experiencing, or recovering from mental health crisis.

Co-located services will include: safeguarding (adults, children and midwifery), psychiatric liaison, complex care and dementia, social care teams, addiction (drug and alcohol services), Shelter (housing), SEAP (advocacy services), peri-natal mental health, child and adolescent mental health services, and Police.

They will provide opportunities for rapid assessment, expert advice, and support and care planning, in order to reduce frequent attendances at A&E, and avoid the need for admission in acute mental health settings during work hours.

What do people in Cornwall think?

Steve Double, MP for St Austell and Newquay, said: "Coming after the success of Mental Health Awareness Week last week, I welcome this specific further funding commitment from the Government to provide a dedicated Mental Health Hub for Cornwall.

"This Government has already done a lot for mental health provision in Cornwall with the recent commencement of the building of the new inpatient facility for young people with mental health issues and I am pleased to see the positive steps continue with today’s announcement.

"Along with my Cornwall MP colleagues I will continue to do all I can to ensure that mental health awareness and treatment remains a priority in Cornwall and to this government."

MP for North Cornwall, Scott Mann, added: "It’s fantastic news that Cornwall has secured £1.5m for a new mental health hub at Treliske Hospital. Every day our A&E departments are visited by people who are experiencing a mental health crises and are in need of help. Mental health services have not been adequate in the past and now we are starting to see real action.

"By having these various bodies working together in a new hub in the hospital, people can be helped faster and more effectively, ensuring that they get the appropriate help and advice. It also means that pressure is relieved off of the A&E department and there is a reduction in admission to acute mental health services.

"This money comes on top of the £5million for a new mental health centre in Bodmin for young people, and the extra funding for a ‘Core 24’ service at RCHT which means there are mental health specialists on site at all times to help people in crisis."

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