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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Mental Health Service quality improvements planned for Cumbria

THE Centre for Mental Health has begun work to help identify improvements that can be made to Adult Mental Health in Cumbria.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group have commissioned the project, working closely with Cumbria County Council to set up a project to work with staff to provide an overview of adult mental health services.

The Centre for Mental Health (formerly the Sainsbury Centre) is a highly respected independent UK mental health charity often acting as a bridge between the worlds of research, policy and service provision, encouraging innovation and changes in policy and practice through focused research, development and training.

Over an eight week period clinical representatives from the Centre will work closely with Trust staff visiting services across Cumbria to enable them to understand first hand how our services currently operate, what works well and what could be improved upon.

This forms part of an ongoing programme of work to look at the design of our future services and to embed quality at the heart of the organisation. Our aspiration is to create an organisation that is truly quality driven, with the care and safety of patients at the heart of everything we do.

Karen Johl, Clinical Director and psychiatrist at the CPFT said: “We welcome the chance to work closely with such a nationally renowned organisation who have completed a number of relevant and helpful pieces of work within Mental Health. I feel that the expertise and perspective provided by the Centre for Mental Health will bring a unique, positive insight into the further development of our mental Health Services. “

NHS Cumbria CCG, Mental Health Clinical Lead, Dr Jim Hacking, said: “This is a great opportunity to have a full review of the mental health services we commission in Cumbria and a very important piece of work which will help us improve services for our patients.”

Judith Whittam, Cumbria County Council's assistant director for social care, said: "This is about mental health services keeping pace with new developments and ensuring service users continue to be central to what we do. The skills that the Centre for Mental Health brings to this evaluation will offer a unique insight into the further development of our mental health services."

Sean Duggan, Chief Executive of Centre for Mental Health, said: “The Centre is delighted to be working with Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust on its programme of continuous quality improvement. We hope that this important project will lead to better mental health services in Cumbria which are focused on recovery and planned in partnership with patients and their families.”

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