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Declaration of Support for Mental Health Crisis Care

02 December 2014

A partnership agreement to improve outcomes for people experiencing mental health crisis will be signed by partners from across Bedfordshire and Luton.

Key organisations in Bedfordshire and Luton, including health, police, fire, local authorities, drug and alcohol support services, and criminal justice are committing to prevent mental health crises where possible, and providing effective emergency response systems when a crisis does occur.

This mental health crisis care concordat will be signed at a special event on Wednesday
3 December, 9.15am – 1pm, at The Rufus Centre, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, Bedfordshire MK45 1AH.

Judy Baxter, clinical director for mental health, Bedfordshire clinical commissioning group, said: “The concordat was published in February 2014 and since then we have been working together locally so that we can improve our services for people experiencing a mental health crisis.

“This event is the formal signing of a shared commitment to local action. It demonstrates all parties are committed to ensuring that people who need immediate mental health support at a time of crisis get the right services, when they need them, and get the help they need to recover and stay well.”

Councillor Mahmood Hussain, portfolio holder for adult social care at Luton Borough Council, said: “We are working with a range of partners across Bedfordshire to ensure a system is in place whereby anyone who is in a crisis due to a mental health condition is kept safe and found the appropriate support from whichever service they turn to first.

“By signing this concordat we want to show a strong and unified commitment to working closely together to improve outcomes for anyone experiencing mental health crisis.”

Inspector Philippa Smith, of British Transport Police, said: “Every suicide is an absolute tragedy and every attempt highlights someone desperately in need of help. Protecting life on the railway is our main priority. We deal with 17,000 incidents involving people with mental health issues every year.

“BTP works closely with health and social care services, the Samaritans and the rail industry to tackle suicide prevention and suicides on the railway. Our suicide prevention and mental health teams across the country, which are staffed by both BTP and NHS mental health nurses, make sure vulnerable people on trains and at stations get the appropriate help from health experts. Nearly 1,000 BTP officers have attended courses in supporting suicidal people on the railway, extra to their standard police training.

“Our aim is to ensure the vulnerability of an individual and the risk they pose to themselves and others is recognised by specialist services, ultimately to prevent self-harm.”

Following the signing, the attendees at the event will develop a local action plan to deliver the concordat.


Photo opportunity - The concordat will be signed at 10.15am at the event
Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat for Bedfordshire and Luton - Wednesday 3 December 2014, 9.15am – 1pm, at The Rufus Centre, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, Bedfordshire MK45 1AH

Notes to editors

The Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat, Improving Outcomes for people experiencing Mental Health Crisis was published in February 2014. It requests that each area, identifies its key partners, develops a shared and agreed statement for a commitment to local action which is then signed by senior representatives and followed up by a comprehensive action plan.

The concordat for Bedfordshire and Luton provides access to support before someone reaches crisis point. If they reach this point they will have access to urgent and emergency crisis care, with the right quality of treatment and care, and support in their recovery to stay well and prevent future crises.

The membership of the concordat includes representatives from:

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Bedford Borough Council

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust

Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Bedfordshire Police

British Transport Police

CAN (Providers of a range of drug, alcohol and homelessness services)

Central Bedfordshire Council

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Trust

Luton Borough Council

Luton Clinical Commissioning Group

Luton Drug and Alcohol Services

National Offending Service

NHS England

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Bedfordshire

South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT)

Youth Offending Service

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