Turning Point acts as the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis (APPG). The APPG was established in 2007 in recognition of the fact that people seeking help often have a number of over-lapping needs including challenges around access to housing, employment opportunities, mental health services or substance misuse support.

In most cases each service is administered by separate service providers. The result is that people with multiple or complex needs fall through the gaps in service provision. Providers recognise that the best model for helping those individuals with a dual diagnosis of complex needs is through an integrated service that aims to address all of the issues they face.

Through its work the APPG seeks to ensure that the needs of this group remain on the political agenda and a priority for decision makers. This is increasingly important given the rising number of people with co-morbidities, new models of integrating health and social care, and increasing devolution.

Since its formation, the APPG has met to discuss a breadth of issues including; mental health and the criminal justice system; looked after children and care leavers; sex workers; Women; Veterans; and legal highs.

To inform our discussions with parliamentarians the APPG is publishing a range of factsheets informed by our stakeholders:

The Group is Co-Chaired by Lord Victor Adebowale CBE and Luciana Berger MP for Liverpool and Wavertree.

Lord Victor Adebowale

Lord Victor Adebowale is Chief Executive of Turning Point, he is a Non-Executive Director of NHS England and the Co-operative Group and has more than 25 years’ experience in the health, social care and housing sector. In 2000 he was awarded the CBE for services to the New Deal, the unemployed and homeless young people and was appointed as a cross bench peer in 2001. He has been co-chair of the APPG since its formation in 2007.

Luciana Berger MP  

Luciana is the Labour Member of Parliament for Liverpool Wavertree. She was first elected to Parliament in 2010. She is a former Shadow Minister for Public Health and in September 2015 she was appointed the first-ever Shadow Minister for Mental Health to serve at Shadow Cabinet level. She is passionate campaigner for mental health at a national level and acts as an adviser on mental health to the Liverpool City Region Mayor. In 2017 she was appointed as a member of the health select committee.  Before she was elected as an MP, Luciana worked for Accenture advising the Treasury and other parts of government, and later for the NHS Confederation. She became chair of the APPG on Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis in 2017.

Officers and Members of the APPG 2017/2018

All meetings are by invitation only.

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