Healthy London Partnership’s Mental Health Crisis Care Programme:Key strategic documents including the NHS Five Year Forward View, the Better Health for London report and the recent Mental Health Five Year Forward View, all highlight challenges facing mental health crisis care and provide recommendations going forward to improve the current system. In response to this and on behalf of London’s 32 CCGs and NHS England (London), the Healthy London Partnership (HLP) Crisis Care programme is working with stakeholders and partners across the health and social care system to improve the consistency and quality of crisis care in the capital and support the implementation of London’s Crisis Care Commissioning Standards.
This works brings together service users, those working in mental health and acute settings, social care, and other key partners in the crisis care system including the Metropolitan Police and London Ambulance Service. An initial period of engagement last year has led the programme to focus on the following areas:
- Mental health crisis care in emergency departments (A&Es);
- London’s Section 136 Pathway & Health Based Places of Safety (places where people detained by the police under Section 135 or 136 of the Mental Health Act are initially assessed).
The programme is currently working in partnership with London’s Crisis Care system to develop a specification which will define the minimum standard of care Health Based Places of Safety should offer. A broad range of stakeholders from across the system are involved in this work, including service users, whose views are being sought through a combination of face to face workshops and online consultation. This collaborative approach aims to ensure the specification is fit-for-purpose and owned by the system going forward to improve the consistency and quality of crisis care across London.
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