Lord Victor Adebowale responds to new guidelines for police and healthcare professionals
‘This new guidance issued by the College of Policing is welcome, particularly as I called for this very policy to be introduced when I chaired the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing.
‘Key findings from the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing Report showed...
Lord Victor Adebowale announced as new Chair of Social Enterprise UK
Lord Adebowale is currently Chief Executive of Turning Point, a social enterprise providing specialist and integrated services which focus on improving lives and communities across mental health, learning disability, substance misuse, primary care, the criminal justice system and employment. A cross-bench peer, he is also...
Amber Rudd visits Turning Point mental health support service
During the visit, Ms Rudd met Turning Point members of staff to learn about the types of support that are available to people in Hastings, as well as who specifically is supported.
The visit also provided the opportunity to discuss local issues that impact on the...
Lord Victor Adebowale comments on the rise in psychiatric patients attending A&E
'People at risk of self harm and suicide need prevention and crisis services that are appropriate to their needs. A&E is too often the last resort and a police station cell is the unacceptable response of a system in crisis. It's a sign that we have not...
Lord Victor Adebowale responds to the Prime Minister's announcement on mental health
‘We welcome Theresa May’s commitment to reducing the gap between physical and mental health. What we now need to see is these promises put into action. For too long mental health has been seen as secondary to physical health, but through increased funding and a...
Turning Point offers mental health advice for festive period
It is a time when people may have no place to turn to seek help. For this reason, it is important for people to be aware of the tools they can use, and the support they can access, to ensure they are able to cope.
Turning Point responds to Health Select Committee Suicide Prevention Report
‘Today’s interim report into suicide prevention by the Health Select Committee raises a number of issues that need addressing as quickly as possible if we are to confront the growing number of suicides in the UK.
‘Suicide is preventable, but only if the support networks and...
Turning Point's Managing Director for Mental Health says it is a tragedy that suicide is a growing issue in the UK
‘Statistics released by the ONS show that there is cause for concern amongst people experiencing mental health issues. Although there was only a small rise in the number of suicides between 2014 and 2015, it is still a tragedy that the numbers are not decreasing.
Cumbria's Police & Crime Commissioner visits Turning Point mental health service
The visit comes as Turning Point is awarded funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Property Fund to help improve opportunities for service users. The money will go towards helping service users re-integrate into their community through various activities.
Mr McCall met service users and was...
Turning Point launches new Talking Therapies services across Derbyshire
People will be supported through face-to-face therapy sessions, workshops, events and online tools.
Guided self-help and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) will ensure those who need it are equipped with coping techniques to maintain their mental health. People can also self-refer to the service by calling 0300...
Lord Victor Adebowale responds to the CQC's State of Care report
‘Today’s Care Quality Commission (CQC) report on the state of adult social care shows what we know to be true: that the sustainability of adult social care is approaching a tipping point. In the face of this, Turning Point strives to provide good quality care.
Social Saturday event in Oxford to celebrate businesses that put people and planet first
Social enterprises are businesses that trade to meet a social or environmental mission. There are around 70,000 social enterprises in the UK, employing nearly a million people and contributing £24 billion to the economy.
Turning Point’s Refresh Café is a social enterprise set up to promote...
Turning Point issues advice for World Mental Health Day
'This year's World Mental Health Day is focusing on psychological first aid. You don't need to be a mental health professional to get involved and make a difference - so read on and see how you can contribute.
'A figure often quoted is that 1 in...
Lord Victor Adebowale responds to NHS Digital's Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing
'The survey shows there's been a significant increase in the number of people with anxiety or depression seeking treatment. It also highlights that those who are black and Asian are disproportionately affected by mental health issues.
'It's deeply concerning though that support that does exist often fails to...
Turning Point working with Hertfordshire Constabulary to improve treatment for people experiencing a crisis
The NightLight team joined phone operators at the Force Communications Room in Welwyn Garden City to gain a better understanding of some of the challenges the 101 phone operators face when supporting callers with mental health issues, and to look at ways both teams could...
John Campbell responds to Public Accounts Committee report on improving access to mental health services
‘The whole system is under huge stress and the term ‘parity of esteem’ between mental and physical health is fizzling into a political sound-bite that needs to be replaced with real action. Delivering support to those who need it at the right time and nearer...
Lord Victor Adebowale speaks on the importance of tackling health inequalities
Lord Adebowale spoke on the theme of tackling health inequalities at a local and national level, touching on how health inequalities affect young people, people from BME backgrounds, and people with complex needs.
He said: ‘The future is decided by what we don’t discuss. For example,...
Turning Point launches Talking Therapies service in Wakefield District
A variety of group support, online support and one-to-one therapy options will ensure those who may need it are equipped with coping techniques to maintain their mental health.
In addition, new ‘talking shops’ based in Wakefield, Castleford and Hemsworth town centres will bring support to the...
Turning Point launches new Talking Therapies service in Nottingham
Guided self-help and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) will ensure those who need it are equipped with coping techniques to maintain their mental health.
‘My Turning Point’, the online arm of the new service, can be accessed through any online device, offering personal contact with therapists, as...
Nottinghamshire Healthcare launches new service in partnership with Turning Point
The service, commissioned by Nottinghamshire Healthcare and delivered by Turning Point, will run as a pilot for 12 months, providing support and intervention for people well enough to leave acute inpatient mental health care but requiring support prior to returning to independent living. The effectiveness...
Second Turning Point service achieves Outstanding rating
Douglas House joins Pendlebury House as Turning Point’s second mental health service in the Greater Manchester area to have achieved ‘outstanding’ status this year.
The inspector commended the team at Douglas House for their strong, person centred leadership; enthusiasm and commitment to supporting individuals; recovery focus;...
Thousands with mental health issues who also misuse drugs and alcohol are denied treatment, says Turning Point
In a new report published today (2nd August), the health and social care organisation reveals that tens of thousands of people in the UK have a known 'dual diagnosis' where addiction overlaps with mental health conditions. Many more are struggling alone with this problem because...
Turning Point mental health service rated Outstanding by Care Quality Commission
Pendlebury House supports males between the ages of 18 – 65, providing a rehabilitation and recovery service for people with more serious mental health issues. The service specialises in supporting people to comfortably use facilities within the local community, helping them to live independently.
New crisis service supporting people’s mental health
Haven House provides a safe, homely and welcoming space for people who are feeling distressed or experiencing a crisis in their lives. The service originally opened in January but recently moved to an improved building.
Talking about the service, Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning...
Lord Victor Adebowale responds to Health Select Committee report
Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point said: ‘The findings of the report are unsurprising and show what many in the sector know already: by excluding public health, education and training from the Department of Health’s budget, the quality of health and social care...
Turning Point accredited with Silver Award by Investors in People
IIP measure the quality of how organisations lead, support and manage people for sustainable results.
Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point said: ‘This is an excellent result and I am very proud of our staff for their hard work. Investors in People were particularly impressed...
Turning Point mental health project worker wins BBC Radio 4 All in the Mind award
Amy won in the ‘Professional Award’ category for mental health professionals whose dedication, help and support has made a significant difference to someone’s life.
Upon announcing the award, the judges on the panel said the decision had come down to Amy enabling John* to live independently...
Turning Point and Living Well working together for a healthier London
Health Trainer services are operating across London's three boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the City of Westminster. They are able to provide advice on healthy eating, physical activity, stopping smoking, reducing alcohol consumption and stress.
Advice is also...
Londoner recognised for support for gay men affected by domestic violence and chemsex
Since overcoming substance misuse, Paul Doyle has remained drug-free and used his skills and experience to set up a 6-bed supported living project for gay men affected by domestic violence. The service still operates today, providing general advice and support.
As well as this, Paul has...
Turning Point’s mental health service in Hertfordshire celebrates one year since launch
The open day was attended by staff, service users, and the Mayors of Hertsmere and Broxbourne, both of whom gave a speech recognising the value of the work done by Turning Point in Hertfordshire. Representatives from Herts Police also attended.
Service users talked about their experiences...
Turning Point mental health worker shortlisted for BBC All in the Mind Award
DHP is a specialist service supporting men with personality disorders and a history of offending. The team at DHP work with people leaving more secure settings to develop the skills they need to live independently in the community.
Following the news that Amy had been shortlisted...
Turning Point supports Nursing Associate plans
Health Education England (HEE) said that there was 'real appetite' for the role following a consultation, and has announced that 1,000 students will start training for the new role in January 2017 across test sites.
The new role is expected to work alongside care assistants and...
Turning Point’s crisis service in Nottingham moves
Gaye Flounders, Senior Operations Manager at Turning Point, has assured people using the service that support will continue as normal with minimal disruption.
Last year Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust carried out an external procurement for a three year contract for the provision of crisis house...
East Sussex resident walks 37 miles to raise awareness of mental health issues
He completed the walk in support of Health in Mind Sussex, a mental health service run by Turning Point and the NHS in East Sussex. The service supports people experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety and / or depression.
Daniel said: ‘The walk went really well,...
Mental Health Awareness Week: Mary's story
Healthy and supportive relationships are key to good mental health, as our Managing Director of Mental Health, John Campbell, pointed out on Monday.
This week’s theme aims to celebrate the people and connections in our lives that add to our wellbeing and help us thrive.
We wanted to...
Mental Health Awareness Week: an important opportunity to challenge stigma
‘Mental Health Awareness Week and others like it are important opportunities to break down some of the stigma still associated with mental health and share the many positive things happening across the country. However it is important that we do not only talk about mental...
Turning Point’s tele-coaching support reduces hospital admissions
‘We know that people are often sent home prematurely, without the necessary coordination or community response in place. This increases the risk of harm and people returning to hospital, instead of being supported properly in their own homes. The answer is not, however, simply to...
Lord Adebowale comments on progress of Mental Health and Policing report
The Commission’s report, commissioned by Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, called for improved training for officers; better data collection; and a commitment to work with the health service to ensure people with mental health conditions receive the same response as those with physical health conditions.
Over the last...
Turning Point responds to the NAO mental health report
‘Those working in mental health services have a lot to be proud of, yet the NAO report published today highlights again the many areas of the system that still require improvement.
‘Despite all of the support and profile mental health has achieved of late, we will...
Lord Victor Adebowale speaks at the West Yorkshire — Finding Independence annual conference
Speaking to an audience of local authority and health commissioners, members of the police, ambulance service and third sector organisations, he said people with multiple needs often fall through the cracks of the health system as agencies are not working closely together.
Victor asked: ‘Who is...
Lord Victor Adebowale addresses E-Health conference
He referred to developments by NHS England to widen digital participation and Turning Point’s integration of digital solutions into the delivering of their services.
Reflecting on day one of the conference, Lord Adebowale told delegates that the majority of the population have access to computers, are...
Lord Victor Adebowale addresses GPs and Senior Practice Managers at Local Medical Committees conference
The aim of the conference, which took place at the Emirates Stadium, was to involve London GPs and senior practice staff in understanding the challenges and future opportunities of providing good quality healthcare.
Lord Adebowale, speaking on the wider determinants of health, shared his concern that...
Douglass House wins Royal College of Psychiatrists Award
The Enabling Environments Award is a quality mark given to services who can demonstrate they are achieving an outstanding level of best practice in creating and sustaining a positive and effective social environment. They are based on a rigorous assessment against 10 core standards.
New mental health service opens in Tameside
The Community Outreach Service will provide a flexible, responsive approach to supporting clients seven days a week through one-to-one support, working with people to develop their skills and achieve their recovery goals.
John Campbell, Turning Point’s Managing Director for Mental Health said: ‘Turning Point’s new Community...
Turning Point launches Housing Support in Cumbria
Operations Manager, Mary Grace Brown said: ‘We have been operating in the local area for a number of years now, so we’re very well-placed to be delivering this new service. We have strong connections and a real commitment to the local community and look forward...
Turning Point shares concerns on the future of supported housing for vulnerable groups
On this issue, John Campbell, Managing Director for Mental Health services at Turning Point said: ‘We are extremely concerned by the National Housing Federation’s recent findings that over 2,500 sheltered housing units are being scrapped or delayed. Housing is a cornerstone of people’s independence, whether...
Turning Point responds to publication of Mental Health Taskforce report
'This report and its recommendations once again identify the glaring gaps in mental health provision, the huge cost of mental ill health and that we need to do things differently if we are ever going to have a mental health system that is fit for...
Turning Point's Managing Director for Mental Health, John Campbell responds to report published by Mental Health Taskforce
'This is a welcome vision for mental health services that highlights the important role community organisations like Turning Point have to play in reducing the inequalities still facing people with mental health issues. It is hoped that this report, by a Government appointed taskforce, represents...
Lord Adebowale calls for Joint Ventures in Mental Health at Cambridge Health Network event
The event was centred on Joint Ventures in Mental Health and how to address the barriers to working together. In his speech, Victor emphasised the importance of partnerships between the NHS and Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations; the role of leadership and culture;...
Turning Point's Managing Director for Mental Health supports findings of Independent Commission chaired by Lord Crisp
‘This is yet another report highlighting the unacceptable disparity between physical and mental health services. For too long people experiencing acute mental health conditions have been faced with a limited, pressurised service that is no longer fit for purpose. This will only change if there...
Lord Adebowale stresses the importance of secure and affordable housing in House of Lords speech
During the speech, he talked about the effects of the housing shortage on people with mental health conditions and those recovering from substance misuse. Both the Office for National Statistics and Shelter have outlined the need for more homes to be built, yet Shelter have...
Turning Point's new Mental Health Director says it's time NHS England ensures mental health is properly funded
'Figures that show, amongst other things, a 20% increase in suicides are clearly worrying and any attempt to explain these away as simply increased reporting is fudging the issue. These figures collated from Freedom of Information requests sent to mental health trusts show the number...
Lord Adebowale calls for whole system reform to support people with mental health issues
Lord Victor Adebowale CBE, Chief Executive of Turning Point, Chair of the APPG on Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis and member of the Mental Health Taskforce said: 'Mental health issues affect 1 in 4 people, yet we know many still find it hard to access...
Turning Point’s Managing Directors for Mental Health and Public Health comment on the Prime Minister’s speech on life chances
Mark Shepperd, Turning Point’s Managing Director for Public Health said: ‘Today the Prime Minister recognised the many factors impacting on the life chances of young people, including the impact drug and alcohol misuse can have on families. Although the announced expansion of the Troubled Families programme...
Turning Point opens new crisis service for people in Nottingham
The team provide support for up to six adults at any one time. The service is open to individuals over 18 and provides a range of support in a residential setting for up to seven days.
The service is a safe haven for those in crisis...
Turning Point offers support to those affected by mental health issues this Christmas
To help people cope over the festive period, Lorraine Moore, Turning Point’s mental health lead has offered a few bits of advice:
Talk to people around you: If you have a support network – use it. Talking about your problems can be a great way to...
Roundtable discussion held on issues relating to mental health and BME groups
Led by Turning Point’s Crisis Point service, attendees included representatives from Local Authorities, Jim Battle, the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) of Greater Manchester, voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, frontline workers based within health and social care services and experts by experience.
The aim was...
Lord Adebowale shares his four rules of engagement
At the event, attended by over 100 delegates from across the NHS, community and voluntary sector, Victor outlined Turning Point's model of Connected Care - a methodology that trains local residents to be Community Researchers who inform the design and delivery of health and social...
Turning Point publishes 2014/15 Annual Report to Tenants
The report captures successes from the last year; from growing our peer mentor programme to embedding a new recovery charter designed by people from our mental health services, to the first national meeting of the People’s Parliament – a forum led by people with learning...
Lord Victor Adebowale's response to the Comprehensive Spending Review
'The extra investment in the NHS and recognition of further funding needed for mental health is welcome, but health outcomes will be undermined if investment in social care and public health is inadequate.
'Local authority leaders are saying enough is enough in regards to challenges they're...
Mark Shepperd's response to the Comprehensive Spending Review
'Despite increased funding for the NHS it is still to be confirmed how local public health services will fare in the years ahead. Public Health is an essential component of preventing longer term, more costly issues developing and cutting the budget, even while safeguarding the...
Calling for equality for mental health
EQUALITY FOR MENTAL HEALTH
‘We, the undersigned, have joined together to mount a cross-party, cross-society campaign aimed at persuading the Government to help reduce the suffering of those with mental ill health by increasing investment into the provision of mental health services.
As ministers make final decisions...
Lords debate on the Criminal Justice System
The debate was proposed by Lord Harris of Haringey (Labour), author of The Harris Review: Changing Prisons, Saving Lives, published in July 2015.
Contributing to the debate, Victor said that management of young adults in the criminal justice system requires a distinct approach and those who remain...
Turning Point marks World Mental Health 2015
Some of our events are for people already accessing our services, including a series of activity in Manchester and Nottingham where people we support with enduring needs are getting together to take part in wellbeing walks, art sessions and workshops on how mental health is...
Turning Point comments on new Talking Therapies report
Commenting on its publication Mel said: ‘This report highlights the benefits of talking therapies, of which there are many, but also recommends improvements to the way services are commissioned to deliver greater choice and new models of care.
‘At Turning Point we know from the people...
Turning Point expands East Sussex mental health service, provided in partnership with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Health in Mind is specifically designed to be flexible and cater to those who lead busy lives, so that those experiencing anxiety, stress or low mood are able to access help with minimum disruption to their lives. Support is offered over the telephone, via community...
Turning Point launches new mental health and wellbeing service in Peckham Rye
Lorraine Moore, Senior Mental Health Lead at Turning Point said:
“We’re delighted to be delivering this new service and working with people to help them take more control of their lives. By putting recovery at the centre of our approach, the team will support individuals to...
Turning Point responds to ‘At risk, yet dismissed’ report
The report which follows research by Victim Support, Mind, the
Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, the Faculty of
Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St
George's, University of London, in collaboration with University
College London shows that that people with mental health issues
Statement on Panorama's Locked Up For Being Unwell? programme
As the Commission on Mental Health and Police reported, mental
health is core business for the police. The Commission's
recommendations urge all forces to look at the mental health
training of officers and how services, particularly the ambulance
service, work with police to respond to an emergency.
It is usually...
Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) annual statistics published
In response to the report Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive
of Turning Point and Chair of the Independent Commission on Mental
Health and Policing said;
"These statistics give additional weight to the findings of the
Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing which
published its report in May this year....
Turning Point responds to personal health budgets evaluation
'The positive outcomes in the evaluation of the pilot
demonstrates the benefit of providing people, including those with
complex needs, greater choice and control over the support they
receive. We hope the further roll out of personal health budgets
continues to engage and benefit those with mental health issues...
Turning Point comments on Chris Grayling's rehabilitation speech
"The evidence supporting the efficacy of reducing re-offending
projects is overwhelming, we already know through our criminal
justice services how issues such as housing, employment and
emotional support affect re-offending rates. Mentoring services
could provide the foundational shift that is needed to avert our
country's high re-offending rates. Chris Grayling's...
Turning Point responds to Ed Miliband’s Speech on Mental Health
"Ed Miliband's focus on mental health and his call for it to be
top of the political agenda is welcome. Cuts to mental health
services can have devastating effects on the social and economic
health of the UK. We need to ensure the right support is
available for individuals...
Designing and delivering mental health services
Turning Point was one of five leading mental health
organisations who co-produced the Government's mental health
implementation framework launched in July 2012. The framework
suggests actions organisations can take to embed the principles set
out in No Health Without Mental Health and offers advice on what
local organisations can do...
Turning Point - Housing providers must respond to government calls
Lord Adebowale has written an article for Inside Housing which
discusses how the mental health strategy implementation framework,
launched in July 2012, should be an impetus for local authorities
and housing providers to reassess how they work with tenants with
mental health needs.
The new framework is aimed at helping...
Government launches Mental Health Implementation Framework
framework has been coproduced with 5 leading mental health
organisations, Turning Point, Centre for Mental Health, Mind,
NHS Confederation Mental Health Network, Rethink Mental Illness and
Turning Point. It highlights useful guidance and sources of
information to help local organisations use their existing powers
and resources to improve mental health and...
Turning Point Comments on the Government’s Social Care Proposals
'Many of the reforms are positive, particularly the fact people
will no longer have their care interrupted if they move around the
country and care assessments for under 18s which will help
to ensure they don't lose out on support on
'However, these reforms are meaningless without a proper
commitment to funding....
Lord Victor Adebowale sets out his ambitions for public health
Speaking at a national seminar on Monday 9 July, Lord Victor
Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point said that 'public
health needs to be a priority across all public services.'
'There is an opportunity to reboot public health which needs to
be taken. There are many examples of good...
Co-production: Giving Communities a Helping Hand
Co-production* is an important factor in health integration. By
empowering communities, it delivers improved health care,
innovation and better outcomes for patients, according to a new
report by the NHS Alliance and Turning Point, with the support of
Raising the Bar: Driving Co-production through Clinical
Commissioning puts co-production at...
Turning Point Statement Regarding Government’s Decision to Keep Mobility Component of DLA
Turning Point's Director of Learning Disability Services, Adam
"We are reassured by the fact the Government has listened to
those who need support the most and has decided not to remove the
mobility component of the Disability Living
"This benefit is integral to the lives of some of...
Serco Launches Pilot at HMP Doncaster to Reduce Re-offending with Turning Point and Catch22
Serco has launched a new 'payment by results' pilot at HMP
Doncaster which aims to reduce reoffending rates among former
prisoners, as announced by the Secretary of State for Justice in
March 2011. The four-year scheme, developed in alliance with
Serco's long-term voluntary sector and social enterprise partners -
Whitehall Must Give Power to the People
"Whitehall must give power to the people" - This was the message
delivered by Chief Parliamentary and Political Adviser to the
Deputy Prime Minister, Norman Lamb MP at a conference hosted by
Lord Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point, at the NCVO
yesterday. The unique event, entitled 'Bridging...
Turning Point Responds to Dilnot Report
In response to the Dilnot report into the funding of care and
support, published today, Turning Point's Chief Executive, Lord
Victor Adebowale said;
"We have long needed to achieve an affordable and sustainable
system for funding long-term care in this country. The fact that
this is being looked into in...
Turning Point Response to Law Commission Proposals
Commenting on the Law Commission's final proposals following
their Adult Social Care Project, Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief
Executive of leading health and social care organisation, Turning
"This far reaching report provides an important foundation for
encouraging and supporting integration. This was one of
the key issues raised by service...
Turning Point Urges Sufferers to Seek Help During Depression Awareness Week
Health and social care organisation, Turning Point is urging
anyone who is experiencing symptoms of depression to take the first
step towards recovery and seek help.
This call comes during Depression Awareness Week (11-17 April)
which is held every year by the Depression Alliance in a bid to
Turning Point Supports Plans to Expand Diversion Schemes for Prisoners with Mental Health Issues
Leading health and social care organisation, Turning Point
supports the commitment to set up a national liaison and diversion
service for offenders with mental health issues by 2014, to be
announced by Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley and the Justice
Secretary, Ken Clarke at the WI's 'Care not Custody' reception
Turning Point Response to Mental Health Strategy
In response to the new Mental Health Strategy, published today,
Turning Point's Chief Executive, Lord Victor Adebowale said;
"Turning Point agrees there is no health without mental health.
As a key mental health provider, we are aware of the importance of
making mental health a priority across government and...