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Mental health services making significant progress

There have been significant improvements in NHS mental health services, according to latest government figures.

Last year specialist crisis resolution home treatment teams provided 106,000 home treatments, supporting people who would otherwise have had to be admitted to hospital. This compares with 95,000 in 2006-2007, representing an 11% increase.

Additionally, early intervention teams treated 8,300 young people who experienced a first episode of psychosis in the 12 months to the end of March. This compares to 6,500 in 2006-2007, representing a 27% increase.

Lastly assertive outreach teams supported 19,900 people who have persistent mental health problems but are hard to engage in 2007-2008, compared with 18,300 the previous year – a rise of 9%.

Speaking at an event to mark the start of building work at Runwell Hospital in Essex, junior health minister Ivan Lewis said: ‘This positive news demonstrates that frontline services are pulling together to improve the quality of care for people with mental health needs.

More people who might otherwise have to be admitted to hospital can now be cared for in their own home,’ he added. ‘Improving crisis resolution and early intervention services remains a priority for this year.’


Readers' comments (4)

  • really so why are the wards full to the brim...are people getting more mentally ill? what do these figures actually mean...i wonder if anyone might think that a good stratergy might be to keep mental health services away from people...eventually everyone will have their own mental health worker.

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  • I agree with the 1st response.
    The Acute wards are full, not due to more admissions but due to premature closure of the wards and tightening up on bed numbers, to save money.
    Its quite well known that the CRHT are working long, unsocial hours in a highly demanding area and unable to cope with the masses of referrals. Staff are run off their feet and increasingly stressed. (thats the teams with a full complement of staff.)
    Back to the drawing board please and come up with a sensible, achievable solution to suit THIS countries needs not that of others.

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  • I work on a mental health ward that is severely overworked because the unit a lost 40% of its beds due to ward closures. With added stress of dangerous forensic patients on the same ward as elderly and vulnerable people, we are always having inappropriate admissions. It is like a time bomb waiting to go off the staff are so overworked and patients are always being asked to move wards due to bed shortages which is not to the patients benefit and does not help continuity of care. I am extremly concerned about what could happen!!

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  • Mental Health Wards are full because of the ward closure policy of the goverment, thinking about balancing cash flow rather than the mental well being of sufferers and safety on wards. Violence, Verbal abuse, inappropriate admissions and dangerous people on open wards happen regularly because of lack of/ dismantling of NHS services suitable for these people.
    There are no monies for nurse training so experienced unqualified staff are leaving mental health services because of this lack of appreciation/ motivation.

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