Agreement reached over the future of CPFT programme

Chief Exec Aidan Thomas in new call for improved mental health funding

Agreement reached over the future of CPFT programme
30 June 2014

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust can today confirm that we have reached an agreement with service-users to end their occupation of our Tenison Road building in Cambridge.

Aidan Thomas, Chief Executive of CPFT, said: “I am pleased that after a lengthy period of negotiation, the remaining service-users have agreed to end their occupation of the Tenison Road building.

“We now look forward to working with service-users and other interested groups on developing proposals for future funding of the group which will be taken to our commissioners for consideration.

“Many challenges around the future provision and development of services remain. CPFT is one of the lowest-funded mental health trusts in the country, and earlier this year NHS England named Cambridgeshire and Peterborough as one of the 11 most financially challenged health economies in the country.

“This means that we need to justify the use of every penny we spend and make sure that we treat the largest possible number of people as effectively as possible.
“We again state that we are committed to helping those who need it most. However, for the foreseeable future, CPFT – along with many other mental health trusts – is faced with the twin problems of increased demand and reduced resources.

“On a national level, we have long argued for parity of esteem so that mental health receives the same level of funding as acute services. In the last year alone we saw 25,000 patients and service users. We need all those with an interest in our services to call for fairer future funding from Government for the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.”

The main points of the agreement signed by CPFT, service-users and Cllr Killian Bourke, chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council’s health committee, are:
• Lifeworks will continue for a period of five years.
• The group will continue to meet twice a week at a new venue which is still be determined while refurbishment work is carried out at Tenison Road
• CPFT, service-users and other interested groups will develop a business plan and proposals for future funding which will be taken to commissioners
• In signing the agreement, the remaining service-users have agreed to end their occupation of Tenison Road, Cambridge, no later than 7 July.

CPFT’s consultation over the future of the Personality Disorder Service, which outlines proposals to improve the service across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, continues until 14 July.

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For more information please contact:
Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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