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'Recognise the vital role of mental health services'

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Crisis teams, along with many other community services, are being cut and have been for the last 2 or 3 years, if not longer in some cases. Many community MH services were an easy hit for budget reduction, as, IME, most of the nurses employed were Bands 6 or 7, which they needed to be as they are autonomous practitioners. This was seen as expensive, so numbers of 6 and 7 nurses in community MH have been hacked to ribbons. If they have been replaced it is by less experienced staff at lower grades who cannot do the same job, because they do not yet have the same knowledge, skills and experience. See my previous comments about my last job (Band 7 in community CAMHS) having been "re-structured" away and my job before that (Band 6 equivalent in CAMHS over-dose assessment being disappeared because our service was deemed "too expensive").

Posted date

28 August, 2014

Posted time

11:43 am

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