CPFT Chief Executive welcomes PM's pledge to improve mental health support

But Aidan Thomas says questions remain over funding and help for those with long-term conditions

CPFT Chief Executive welcomes PM's pledge to improve mental health support
09 January 2017

Aidan Thomas, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, has issued the following statement in response to the Prime Minister's speech about mental health.

Aidan Thomas said: "Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust welcomes any moves to improve treatment and reduce levels of stigma associated with mental ill health.

"I am very proud of the services we offer people, but the NHS can't act alone.

"Improving mental health care and support is everyone's business which is why I am particularly heartened to hear of extra training for the likes of schools and businesses.

"We work very closely with our partners including local authorities, the police, and third-sector organisations and in the last 12 months we have been part of a number of initiatives - like the extended 111 service and introducing mental health workers to the police control room – to increase support to those in mental health crisis

“For a long time we have lobbied for parity of esteem so mental health is granted the same level of funding as physical health and for now questions will remain over the funding of future initiatives.

“There is also the need to address the issue of those with serious and enduring long-term conditions who are not in school or employment and have been affected by cuts to social care.

“Overall, I am pleased that the Prime Minister’s comments about mental health help put the issue into sharp focus, and I hope any visions set out today will become a reality.”

CPFT provides mental health and community care services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

ENDS

For more information please contact:
Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 07893 340795

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

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

IIP-logo-reversed Mindful-employer NHS-Employers-web Triangle-of-Care-member Twitter Logo Youtube Logo Facebook Logo Instagram Logo Wordpress Logo