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At-risk Cornish respite centre saved from closure

At-risk Cornish respite centre saved from closure

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 8:57am 12th April 2019. (Updated at 8:58am 12th April 2019)

Promises an under-threat Cornish respite centre will still get funding for up to three years.

There were fears Sanctuary House near Liskeard could face closure.

Pirate FM told you how users of the mental health service described it as a "lifeline" and launched a petition.

It provides a non-clinical service, and offers respite support for people in pre-crisis aged 18 and older, and who are under the care of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFT) for their mental health.

Now NHS Kernow and Cornwall Council have done a u-turn and say the centre is safe for now.

"As responsible commissioners we listened to what people had to say about the decision to no longer fund this service, and have now agreed to extend the contract for up to three years.

"This will allow us to really explore the impact the service has on people's health and wellbeing.

"We will work with the provider on our longer term plan for mental health services, and will involve its staff, the people who use the service, and their family and carers in any review at least 12 months before the end of the contract.

"The decision to extend will allow us to conduct an extensive and far-reaching piece of involvement that delves into every aspect of the service, from the clinical benefits to the wellbeing benefits which the service provides and truly learn whether it aids people to live happy, healthy lives.

"As part of our longer term plans to increase investment in mental health services we will be keen to find out how respite services such as those currently provided by Sanctuary House help prevent mental health crisis. As commissioners we want people to work together, to improve access and reduce inequalities.

"We will continue to work with the provider Re-Gain every step of the way regarding Sanctuary House and would like to thank everyone for their commitment to this service."

Dr Iain Chorlton, NHS Kernow chairman

The service was reviewed last year to ensure it continued to provide the best possible outcomes for people who use it.

The commissioners completed a joint impact assessment to understand the effect the decision to stop funding the service would have on people's mental health and wellbeing.

A decision to no longer fund the service was taken in the context of new developments, including crisis cafes.

Following feedback by, and on behalf of people who use the service, NHS Kernow and Cornwall Council agreed to pause this process.

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