CPFT pledges support for new mental health declaration

Trust chair Julie Spence joins other leaders to sign agreement 

CPFT pledges support for new mental health declaration
04 November 2014

The chair of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has given her backing to a declaration setting out how organisations will work together to support people experiencing mental health crisis.

Julie Spence (pictured above, front left) was one of a number of leaders who put pen to paper to sign the new Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat Declaration.

The agreement will mean organisations including CPFT, Cambridgeshire Police and local authorities will look to improve the information they share, work closer together and increase their prevention and early intervention work.

The document was signed at the county’s second Mental Health Roundtable jointly hosted by Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Graham Bright and Maureen Donnelly, Chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Julie said: “I welcome this new commitment to helping those who are experiencing mental ill-health. It is vital that all organisations look to improve how we work together to ensure all those who need our services receive the very best care and treatment.

“CPFT has led the calls for mental healthcare to be given parity of esteem, so it is valued in the same way as physical healthcare.

“This agreement is another step in the right direction.”

Other signatories included Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust, East of England Ambulance Service, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Hinchingbrooke Hospital, BeNCH Community Rehabilitation Company, British Transport Police, MIND Cambridgeshire and MIND Fenland and Peterborough

Sir Graham (pictured above, front row) said: “The signing of the local declaration is testament to the importance all agencies place on ensuring people in mental health crisis get the help and support they need.

"Mental health should be valued equally with physical health, I am particularly supportive of the move towards greater preventative work.

"I have personally invested in mental health support for victims of crime through my local commissioning of victims services. Community Psychiatric Nurses (CPNs) - known as Mental Health Pathfinder Case Workers - are supporting victims of crime identified as having possible mental health problems to receive appropriate treatment and care.”

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Crisis Declaration will be the eighth to be loaded onto the National Concordat website.

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For further details contact:

Charles Kitchin
Director of Public Engagement and Communications
Office of the Cambridgeshire Police & Crime Commissioner
E charles.kitchin@cambs.pnn.police.uk
T 01954 713906 

For further details about CPFT contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767

This release was based on information produced by the Office of the Cambridgeshire Police & Crime Commissioner. To see the original press release click here.

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