The Department of Health has released information about its national programme, the Crisis Care Concordat, which aims to drive up standards in mental health crisis care across the country.
The Rt Hon Alistair Burt, Minister of State for Community and Social Care visited Bradford last week to look at the First Response crisis service being provided locally. He also met with mental health representatives from one of NHS England’s newly announced vanguards; West Yorkshire urgent and emergency care network.
The network will find new approaches to improve and strengthen crisis response for people of all ages across West Yorkshire with the aim of influencing national best practice. The needs of people in crisis impacts across the entire urgent and emergency care system including social services and the police.
The Minister for Community and Social Care, Alistair Burt said:
“Anyone experiencing a mental health crisis should be treated with the same urgency and compassion as someone with a physical health condition.
“West Yorkshire urgent and emergency care network provides a good opportunity for local areas to come together, build on the good work they are already doing and find pioneering ways to provide the right mental health crisis care, in the right place for everyone.”
Chris Dowse, Chair of the West Yorkshire Urgent and Emergency Care Network and Chief Officer, NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“It is fantastic news that the West Yorkshire Urgent and Emergency Care Network has been chosen as a vanguard site for Urgent and Emergency Care. We want to use this opportunity to build on what we have been doing for the last year and inject more pace and scale into it.
“We will be building on an existing programme of work through the Mental Health Crisis Concordat to improve crisis response. Knowing that these patients, when in crisis, touch all points of our urgent and emergency care system including social services and the police, we must get our services right for them.”