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08 December 2014
A partnership agreement to improve outcomes for people experiencing mental health crisis has been signed by partners from across Bedfordshire and Luton.
Twenty-two organisations in Bedfordshire and Luton, from health, police, fire, local authorities, drug and alcohol support services, and criminal justice, committed to prevent mental health crises where possible, and to provide effective emergency response systems when a crisis does occur.
The mental health crisis care concordat was signed at a special event yesterday (3 December) at the Rufus Centre, Flitwick.
Dr Judy Baxter, GP and clinical director for mental health, Bedfordshire clinical commissioning group, said: “This concordat gives crisis care in mental health the priority it deserves.
“Over the last few months we’ve been busy collecting ideas on how we can deliver the concordat, and today’s event continued to identify further ideas for Bedfordshire and Luton-wide initiatives and local action plans.
“This county-wide concordat action plan will ensure we can improve all our services for people experiencing a mental health crisis.”
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 Fire and Rescue Service
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Bedfordshire Youth Offending Service
British Transport Police
CAN Partnership (Providers of a range of drug, alcohol and homelessness services)
Central Bedfordshire Council
Healthwatch Bedford Borough
Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire
Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Trust
Luton Borough Council
Luton Clinical Commissioning Group
Luton Drug and Alcohol Service
Luton Youth Offending Service
National Offending Service
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Bedfordshire
South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT)