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Wakefield service marks Mental Health Awareness Week
Today the services celebrated the huge achievement of running,
rowing, cycling or walking 811.5 miles, 140.5 miles over the
The aim of the Rightsteps service is to provide fast acting
psychological treatments, sometimes called talking therapies, to
people with common mental health problems, such as low mood,
Home Secretary Theresa May’s speech to the Police Federation Annual Conference
"It is great that the Home Secretary has acknowledged the
Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing report in her
I fully agree that the police are not medics; however, it is
critical that the Home Secretary accepts that competent, effective
policing cannot be done without officers having...
Turning Point responds to plans for greater integrated care
"We have been calling for strategic action to address the gaps
in health and social care for a long time and we fully welcome this
commitment to greater coordination and integration.
Through working with people who have complex needs we know how
easy it is for them to fall...
Chief Inspector of Prisons Report on HMP Thameside
Turning Point's role at HMP Thameside is to provide 'other
structured interventions', sometimes known as Psycho-Social
interventions, alongside the substance misuse services provided by
Harmoni. Turning Point also supports Harmoni with the provision of
IDTS (Integrated Drug Treatment system) through group work and
clinical 5 and 25 day reviews.
Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing Report Published
The Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing
reviewed 55 cases, involving people with mental health issues, over
the past five years. Five cases were deaths in police custody, and
45 deaths were either prior to or following contact with the
police. The other five cases resulted in serious injury.
Norman Lamb responds to the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing Report
"I welcome the Independent Commission's report and I look
forward to reading its recommendations in detail.
I strongly believe that there is a lot that can be done to not
only immensely improve interaction between the police and those
with mental health problems, but also to address serious concerns
Turning Point responds to speech on probation reform
"It is evident that the high level of reoffending rates needs to
be addressed. No-one wants to see a system which does not deliver
results but Turning Point is approaching this from a position of
experience. We already work with offenders, focusing on
reintegration into the community in order...
Positive response to Young Offender Institute
The report noted that Turning Point provides "a very good level
of psychosocial interventions and that all young women are seen
during their first two days on the unit by one of the two recovery
workers based on the unit." The report goes on to say that the
Alliance Response to the ‘Transforming Youth Custody’ Consultation
The Alliance welcomes the changes proposed by the Ministry of
Justice in the 'Transforming Youth Custody 'consultation and sees
significant opportunities to work in new ways by putting education
at the heart of detention; leading to reduced offending and safer
communities whilst achieving the required cost reduction.
The Alliance agrees...
Peer mentor graduation at local Dorset service
Turning Point Peer Mentors are role models who use their own
experience of treatment and recovery to inspire, motivate and
support others to become substance free.
Around 40 people including Deputy Mayor Escort Pam Nixon; Dr
Will Haydock from Dorset DAAT, Partner agencies and Turning Point
staff and volunteers turned...
Open Day at Manchester Substance Misuse services
Around 60 people attended the event which took place at The
Smithfield Service, located in the heart of Manchester. Gill
Campbell, Operations Manager at the Smithfield Service welcomed the
guests, followed by a presentation by Dr Jack Leach, the consultant
GP to the service.
Visitors learned more about the changes...
Managing Director for Substance Misuse Services writes in Public Service Review
In the article Selina discusses the crucial importance of
services adapting to the ever changing landscape of substance
misuse and the imperative to consider an individuals' wider
addiction, health and social care needs in order to see continued
and sustained recovery.
She writes that, 'Many services are finding innovative ways...
Turning Point in Nesta ‘People Powered Health’ programme
The programme was designed to support the design and delivery of
innovative services for people living with long term health
conditions and includes a range of short films and
The Earl's Court Health and Wellbeing Centre, managed by Turning
Point, offers a range of NHS services with a commitment...
Peer Mentor Graduation for South East Substance Misuse services
Turning Point peer mentors are role models who use their own
experience of treatment and recovery to inspire, motivate and
support others to become substance free.
The peer mentors who graduated on Thursday were from Turning
Point's Westminster Drug and Alcohol service and Turning Point
Waltham Forest and were presented...
Peer Mentor Graduation in North of England
Turning Point peer mentors are role models who use their own
experience of treatment and recovery to inspire, motivate and
support others to become substance free. The graduating peer
mentors were presented with an Open Awards Accreditation Level 2,
meaning that they are now fully equipped to mentor others.
Turning Point responds to the 2013 Budget statement
"Whilst the Chancellor's reiteration of his intention to
implement the recommendations from the Dilnot report is good to
hear, as ever, the words need to be acted on to ensure that those
who need help with social care get the support they need.
The cap on care costs has...
Turning Point responds to the Joint Committee Report on the Draft Care and Support Bill
"I support the report's warning that without greater
intervention with health and housing, and a focus on prevention and
early intervention, the care and support system will be
unsustainable. This was key to my recommendations, but as I made
clear, if you want integrated and preventative services you need...
Confidential inquiry into the premature deaths of people with learning disabilities (CIPOLD)
In response to the study, Fiona Ritchie, Turning Point's
Managing Director for Learning Disability services said;
"These shocking statistics are sadly not new to people working
in the Learning Disability sector but they are statistics which we
should not tolerate. The question we need to ask ourselves is how
Alliance Response to the MoJ Consultation on Transforming Rehabilitation
Read the Alliance response to the MoJ consultation on transforming
Success at Wakefield Workshops
The workshops concentrated on a number of 'hard to reach'
groups, including older adults, those with learning difficulties or
a learning disability, those with a long term health condition and
those with medically unexplained physical symptoms.
Among the attendees were NHS Staff, Voluntary and Private Sector
organizations, Local GP's, Wakefield...
Time Bank celebration at Health and Wellbeing Centre
Featuring free food from Jamie Oliver's "Recipease", the event
will also include Pilates, Yoga, dance and art classes,
reflexology, massage and face painting as well as activities for
Earl's Court Time Bank works by providing ways for people to
share their skills and be rewarded for it in time...
Turning Point referenced in National Audit Office ‘Integration across government’ report
Turning Point is referenced in the 'Health and Social Care
integration' section of the report. The report highlights how, by
using joint teams of health and social care coordinators in Brent,
Turning Point significantly reduced the costs of hospital emergency
attendances and hospital bed days.
The report shows that after...
Health and Wellbeing Centre celebrates International Women’s Day
The Wellbeing event showcased a wide variety of activities
including Laughter Yoga, Zumba, Tribal Dancing, Wellbeing Coaching
and a workshop on starting your own business. Foods from around the
world, as well as raw food tasting were on offer.
The Health and Wellbeing Centre offers a range of services...
Turning Point responds to NTA statistics on heroin and crack cocaine users
"These statistics show that we are moving in the right direction
and are to be celebrated; however, as the NTA notes we cannot
become complacent. The substance misuse landscape is constantly
changing and we need to ensure that we continue to offer the right
support to the individual's who...
Recovery Kitchen launches in Birmingham
20 Services Users, alongside professionals in the substance
misuse field, attended the showcase to find out about the new
course Zephyr will be delivering. The course which will be taught
by a Savoy trained chef begins on Tuesday 5th March and is designed
to develop Service Users culinary skills....
Peer Mentor Graduation at Earls Court Health and Wellbeing Centre
The peer mentors received an accreditation from the Open College
Network meaning that they are now fully equipped to mentor others
in the community.
Rachel Hamburg, Community Involvement Coordinator at Earl's
Court Health & Wellbeing Centre said;
"Peer mentors are volunteers who have experience of long term
health conditions and other...
New specialist alcohol service launches in Waltham Forest
The service, a partnership between the NHS, council and Turning
Point is housed in recently refurbished premises in Walthamstow
Village and provides a range of help for people dependant on
A new specialist alcohol team has now come together in one place
meaning quicker access to assessment and safe,...
Turning Point responds to social care funding statement
"This is a step in the right direction but we need to address
the fact that the cap has been set at £75,000, much higher than
Dilnot's original recommendations. For many people we support this
is an insurmountable amount of money.
We also need to ensure that those who...
Turning Point Chief Executive joins Lords debate on the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill
In response to proposals in the Bill to limit the up-rating of
many types of benefit to 1%, Victor said that many people are
already struggling due to other reforms that have started to affect
them. He warned that it was unfair for vulnerable people, including
those with complex...
Turning Point growth means new jobs for substance misuse professionals
The result of this success? A significant phase of development
and growth for Turning Point and an exceptional opportunity for
professionals who are keen to do things differently and what to
join us in shaping the way substance misuse services are
Selina Douglas, Managing Director of Substance Misuse said:
Public consultation on mental health and policing
In his blog Victor writes that;
The independent commission on mental health and policing is
currently holding a public consultation. The public consultation is
open to anyone who wants to share their views about mental health
and policing in reference to the Metropolitan Police Service in
London. As chair, I...
Turning Point responds to the Francis Report
"The terrible experiences of patients at Mid Staffordshire and
that of their families and friends, highlight a series of flaws
that all care and support services must learn from.
In taking forward Robert Francis' recommendations, we need to
ensure that patients and communities are seen as equal partners in
The Keith Challen Memorial Fund Excellence Awards
The Keith Challen Excellence Awards are held annually by the
Substance Misuse Commissioning Team in partnership with Turning
Point. The awards were set up in memory of Keith Challen by his
wife Anne and brother Colin to celebrate the personal and
professional achievements of current and former service users.
Social Value Act goes live
Many organisations, including Turning Point, are already
bringing Social Value to the services they deliver to communities.
The key difference between organisations invested in Social Value
and other business is that those invested in Social Value put the
profits back into the services they are delivering and their
APPG on Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention
"The focus this report brings to the issue of suicide is
important. The recent statistics released by the ONS on suicides in
the UK show that this is an increasing problem, and as such is one
that all organisations providing mental health services in the UK
BMA report, ‘Drugs of Dependence: The Role of Medical Professionals’
"This is an important and worthwhile initiative. Illicit drug
use and misuse is everywhere, and its consequences are seen by
doctors on a daily basis - doctors need to be equipped with the
intelligence and the skills to respond to the challenges that arise
- both in terms of...
Connected Care in ‘The Barriers to Choice Review’
The review was set up to answer the question: how do people use
the choices they have been given in public services? In particular
the review focuses on how much these choices are used and valued by
the most disadvantaged groups in society.
The report found that there is...
Lord Adebowale gives evidence to the Committee on the Draft Care and Support Bill
Led by Paul Burstow MP, the Commission asked a number of
questions, including how well-being should be written in to the
Bill and how the draft proposals will impact on people accessing
social care services. Lord Adebowale talked about the focus there
had so far been on older people...
Turning Point responds to Alcohol Statistics Report
"The statistics show that the number of new treatment journeys
for those with an alcohol misuse issue has increased. This is a
trend we have also experienced at Turning Point. I feel that this
can, at least in part, be attributed to an increase in successful
interventions. For instance,...
Independent Commission launches public consultation on mental health and policing
The Commission wishes to gather a range of views to help make
this a relevant and grounded report, strengthened by the
understanding of the direct experience and views of the public. It
is inviting comment from members of the public, organisations and
anyone else who has an interest in...
Lord Adebowale on the potential of young people
Talking about the important role young people can take in
inspiring young people's services, Lord Adebowale cites a number of
services across the country that are benefiting from being 'led' by
the young people they are aiming to engage. Lord Adebowale used the
example of Urban Development in Stratford,...
Turning Point responds to new consultation on the probation service
'We are pleased that today's announcement recognises the role
independent sector organisations, including social enterprises and
charities, can play in transforming rehabilitation.
Organisations, including Turning Point, are already
demonstrating innovation in its work with offenders, building on
our understanding of what is needed to reduce reoffending and to
support people with...
Turning Point to deliver new substance misuse services in Gloucester, Wiltshire, East Kent and Northumberland
Comprising all elements to address and prevent
problematic drug and alcohol use, the services will include
prescribing, structured and unstructured delivery, criminal justice
and harm reduction/preventative services, delivered by a
Turning Point was also successful in our bid to provide some of
the new Integrated Drug Service in Northumberland....
Lord Adebowale blogs about collaboration
In his role as Commissioner for the UK Commission for Employment
and Skills, Turning Point's Chief Executive, Victor Adebowale, has
blogged about how collaboration can be the key to success across
business, not for profit and public sector organisations in the
In reference to Turning Point's current collaborations...
North East services celebrate recovery
The evening was an opportunity to share and celebrate success
and achievements across the region and bring people together to
expand their social networks.
The Newcastle Eagles Basketball coach, Fabulous Flournoy, was
also a guest speaker at the event.
Clair O' Connor, Acting Operations Manager at Turning Point's
Gateshead Services said;...
Lords debate on Public Services
Victor said that the debate centred on "a very important issue
which goes to the heart of what we might call a civilised society
and the future of social services generally."
Victor discussed how, in reference to health and social care,
voluntary and not-for-profit sector organisations contribute a huge
Turning Point responds to the government’s proposals for greater patient involvement
"Choice and control over the support people receive shouldn't be
a privilege - it should be a right and the publication of the
government's response to the consultation along with the choice
framework is another step towards making this a reality.
At Turning Point we put choice and control...
Turning Point comments on the National Audit of Schizophrenia
"It is important that the support for individuals with
schizophrenia or psychosis focuses on both mental and physical
wellbeing. The report worryingly states that only 29% of service
users received an adequate assessment of risk factors for
cardio-metabolic disease and 43% were not even weighed within the
previous 12 months....
Turning Point comments on the launch of StreetLink
"Providing third sector organisations with as much information
on rough sleepers as possible is important. To put it into
perspective, in Turning Point's rough sleeper's service in
Sheffield we have 5 individuals who can go into the community so
the sheer geographical size of Sheffield makes identifying rough
Turning Point responds to the Home Affairs Select Committee Drugs Policy report
"We agree that more needs to be done to address the cycle of
drug addiction in the UK. From our experience at Turning Point we
know that that successful treatment starts with being there at the
right time and providing support when the individual is ready to
Turning Point responds to the Government’s Winterbourne report
"It is good to see the final report but as usual, the devil is
in the detail. For example, the report mentions Primary Care Trusts
(PCTs) developing a data base, however with the current reforms
taking place there is a risk that there are no longer learning
Turning Point responds to the Autumn Statement
"The Chancellor's Autumn Statement confirms that there are tough
times ahead, the debt target has been missed and the Government's
austerity measures have been extended to the end of 2018.
The impact the statement will have on lower incomes families and
individuals concerns me. Although disability and carer's benefits
International Day of People with Disability
"Today is International Day of People with Disability. The day
aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and
encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being. For
over 20 years, Turning Point has been providing learning disability
services and support and it is the central aim of...
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 responds to the Government’s alcohol consultation
"It is positive that the government is taking the issue of
alcohol misuse seriously. However, simply fixing a minimum alcohol
unit price will not be enough to affect the high price we are
paying in this country due to alcohol misuse.
We need to ensure that the right education...
Turning Point responds to DrugScope’s Street Drug Survey
"DrugScope's survey highlights the fact that while we have made
many positive strides in drug recovery rates, no organisation
involved in the delivery of drug services can afford to be
complacent. The survey reports that more drug services are seeing
people coming forward with problems associated with their use...
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...
Chief Executive of Public Health England Visits Hertfordshire Complex Needs Service
Duncan Selbie met with the Chief Executive of Turning Point,
Lord Victor Adebowale, and staff and service users at the
Duncan Selbie said; "I greatly enjoyed my visit to the
Hertfordshire Complex Needs Service where I had the chance to meet
its excellent team and service users. The...
Turning Point responds to the Police and Crime Commissioner elections
"We should not underestimate the central role Police and Crime
Commissioners will play in public health. Mandate or no mandate the
elected PCCs should not only be involved in policing but recognise
the vital role they can and must play when it comes to public
health more generally.
Turning Point responds to The Schizophrenia Commission report
"The Schizophrenia Commission brings a welcome focus to
schizophrenia, psychosis and the treatment and quality of care
Most people are aware that Schizophrenia is one of the most
common serious mental health conditions. However, people might not
know that Schizophrenia and psychosis cost society £11.8 billion a
year. I agree...
David Hoare comments on NHS Mandate release
"The mandate outlines that a key objective of the NHS
Commissioning Board is to put mental health on a par with physical
health and to close the health gap between people with mental
health problems and the population as a whole. When the
economic cost of mental health issues...
New figures reveal how integrated services result in huge savings
The figures, spoken about publicly for the first time, are from
the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the LSE following an
initial partial assessment of the economic value of Turning Point's
Complex Needs service in Hertfordshire. The research focused on 3
clients with multiple complex needs including mental...
Turning Point responds to BBC Panorama programme, ‘The Hospital that Stopped Caring’
"People with learning disabilities can find themselves in many
different support services, from independent hospital provision,
NHS provision, Voluntary agencies and their own home. What Panorama
tells us is that people who may be more vulnerable in our society
can face abusive situations even in settings we assume are
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...
Garrow House wins Independent Secure Provider of the Year Award
The Apex Award program celebrates and rewards good practice
within the sector. Garrow House is a Northern Pathways service
which is a joint venture between Turning Point and The Retreat.
The Independent Secure Provider of the Year Award was given
specifically for the work Garrow House does on relational...
Find Good Care and Support
2 million people start their search for care and support every
year. It can be a confusing and distressing experience.
Care experts, the Social Care Institute for Excellence, have
developed a new online service called Find Me Good Care to help
people on their journey through the care system...
Turning Point comments on the Prime Minister’s speech on crime and rehabilitation
"The Prime Minister's emphasis on rehabilitation is positive but
we cannot expect to see successful outcomes without the necessary
level of support. We need to remember that we are treating a whole
person, not just an offender or an addict. To see better rates of
rehabilitation the government needs...
Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing Terms of Reference published
The Terms of Reference give further detail about the work to be
undertaken and have been agreed by all members of the Commission.
The purpose of the review is to carry out an independent
examination of cases within the last five years, of death or
serious injury of people...
Relationship, Drug and Alcohol Education Bill
"We offer our full support to this ten minute rule motion and
the introduction of 'Relationship, Drugs and Alcohol' education
into the national curriculum.
At Turning Point we understand that addiction has many roots.
Many young people today face very difficult decisions, often made
under significant peer pressure, when deciding...
‘Innovation in practice’ in NCVO report released today
Connected Care is Turning Point's innovative model of
community-led commissioning. Through the Connected Care model,
Turning Point has recruited and trained over 200 'Community
researchers', local people who are trained in the skills needed to
undertake research of the local community. To date the Community
Researchers have engaged directly with...
Turning Point responds to Alcohol Concern report
In response to the report, Turning Point's Director of Substance
Misuse Services, Jackie Kennedy said, "It is not a surprise that
this group costs the NHS more money than any other group. What we
are seeing here are the complex health implications that arise from
sustained heavy drinking.
Turning Point responds to Jeremy Hunt's party conference speech
"I support Jeremy Hunt's focus on quality care and patient
experience; these are central to every service that Turning Point
operates. I entirely welcome his commitment to implementing the
Dilnot recommendations as soon as possible but we need more
details. We need to know when they will be implemented....
World Mental Health day
Zelda Peters, Director of Mental Health services at Turning
Point said; "It is great to see such positive results relating to
workplace mental health. Today is World Mental Health Day and the
theme this year is "Depression: A Global Crisis". The day gives us
an opportunity to both celebrate...
Record numbers of drug addicts in England are recovering from addiction
Turning Point welcomes the figures which show that nearly 30,000
successfully completed their treatment in 2011-12, up from 27, 969
the previous year and almost three times the level they were seven
years ago (11, 208). The data also reveals that nearly one third of
users in the last...
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...
Rightsteps Wakefield supports Help for Heroes
The Bake Off was judged by Real Radio Presenters Elisa Hilton
and Pete Egerton, alongside Sergeant Des White from the Wakefield
Army Careers Office. The event not only raised £136 but was
broadcast on Real Radio, raising the profile of the Rightsteps
service which is open to veterans and...
Parliament visit is a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ for Corner House residents
Sadiq Khan MP said; "Visiting the Corner House in Rotherham, the
residents and staff made me extremely welcome and showed me the
fantastic work of Turning Point. It's great that the residents from
the Corner House were able to come and see where I work in
For the staff...
Choice and Personalisation through Community Engagement
Lord Adebowale has written an article for ResPublica fringe
magazine which discusses how Turning Point's Connected Care model
of community led commissioning aims to address the gaps in service
provision for those with complex needs. Victor discusses how
personalisation can only be achieved by directly involving the
people who will...
What does ‘responsible capitalism’ really mean?
Lord Victor Adebowale has joined commentators including Jeremy
Stafford, Chief Executive of Serco, Peter Riddell, Director of the
Institute for Government and Economist and Evening Standard
journalist Anne Mc Elvoy to discuss the meaning of the phrase
Victor writes; "It isn't that business should not make money,
Turning Point supports Ladder for London
"Youth unemployment is an unwelcome yet familiar characteristic
of recession. For too many young people, youth is not proving to be
the best time of their lives. What we see time and again are young
people trying hard to get into the job market or break out of...
MPS announces independent Commission into Mental Health and Policing
The review will carry out an examination of cases from over the
last five years where someone with a mental health condition has
either died or been seriously injured following contact with
Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point, will lead
the Commission together with a number of...
Turning Point appoints Fiona Ritchie, OBE, as the new Managing Director for Learning Disability services
Fiona makes the move to Turning point from Worcester Health and
Care NHS Trust where she was Associate Director, leading on
transformation and innovation and working with children, adolescent
and adult mental health services and user involvement. A qualified
music therapist, Fiona has previously worked as adviser to the
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...
Supporting Children affected by Parental Alcohol Misuse
"2.6 million children are living in the UK with parents who are
drinking hazardously. Frequently this alcohol misuse remains hidden
and it's the children's voices all too often that go unheard. A
survey of 100 parents who access Turning Point's alcohol treatment
service conducted as part of our Bottling...
Social Enterprises celebrate Salesforce trademark withdrawal
In response to the news, Chief Executive of Turning Point, Lord
Victor Adebowale, who was among the signatures of a letter to Marc
Benioff, CEO and chairman of Salesforce, asking him to stop using
the term, said:
"This is a great result for Social Enterprise UK and an
Turning Point call for A and E specialists
Jackie Kennedy, Turning Point's Director of Substance Misuse
Services, says this would identify dependent drinkers and get them
into treatment quicker. Her comments are in response to new
figures showing that A and E staff dealt with 1.2 million
admissions last year- an increase of more than 50,000.
New Research Suggests Cannabis Affects IQ: Turning Point comments....
"This research underlines the need for specific services and
early interventions for young people beginning to develop patterns
of drug misuse. Nipping addiction in the bud, preventing graduation
to harder drugs, and stemming the onset of not only a poorer
intellect, but also mental health generally, is best achieved...
Russell Brand documentary - From Addiction to Recovery
"Last night's documentary brought welcome attention to the
potential of prison-based rehabilitation to help people recover
from addiction and the important role of community based services.
We do not, however, agree with one of the conclusions drawn that
success is based purely on abstinence. There is an extremely strong
Local Alcohol Profiles for England
"Looking at the figures released by the North West Public Health
Observatory, it comes as little surprise that the poorest
communities also have the most socially excluded and alcohol misuse
prone residents. There is much to do to address this inequality,
and the Government must look more carefully at...
Turning Point trains students to be peer educators
Over 20 Year 11 pupils from eight of the Royal Borough's
secondary schools - Altwood, Cox Green, Charters, Desborough, Furze
Platt, Newlands, Windsor Boys' and Windsor Girls' - will be
undertaking a four-day training course to teach them how to provide
drug, alcohol and sexual health awareness sessions to...
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...
Lord Victor Adebowale responds to announcement of potential Universal Credit pilot sites
'We look forward to seeing the results of the pilots and hope
they will be able to identify any potential issues ahead of the
national roll-out to ensure that the transition is smooth and
people do not lose out.'
The importance of claimants having access to bank accounts with
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...
One year anniversary of Somerset SMART Recovery service
For the last 12 months weekly meetings have been held
inGlastonbury, Frome,Bridgewater, Yeovil andTauntonwhere
participants are supported in their recovery to build and maintain
motivation; cope with urges, manage thoughts, feelings and
behaviours and live a balanced life.
Michael Huck from Turning Point Community Access Programme
coordinating SMART acrossSomersetsaid, "We're so...
Sadiq Khan visits the Cornerhouse
On Thursday, Sadiq Khan MP, visited health and social care
organisation Turning Point's Corner House service in Rotherham, to
find out how they are helping individuals with complex needs and
mental health issues to live more independently.
Mr Khan, MP for Buckingham and Shadow Justice Secretary, was
given a tour of...
Lord Victor Adebowale comments on Queens Speech
Lord Victor Adebowale, chief executive of Turning Point, today
welcomed the draft Care and Support bill announced in the Queen's
Speech but said delays over social care reforms were a 'missed
He said: 'The Draft Care and Support Bill announced today in the
Queen's Speech is encouraging but, at...
Learning Disability Service Holds Victory Day Celebrations
Visitors and Residents of Turning Point's Weaver Courtlearning
disability service in Bradfordgot together to celebrate Victory
Day, 1940's style on Friday 4th May. Staff and residents
were dressed up in 1940's costumes, showing visitors around their
reminiscence room which contains a selection of wartime
memorabilia. It was also a chance...
John Bercow MP visits learning disability service in Tring
On Friday, John Bercow MP, visited health and social care
organisation, Turning Point's Follybridge service on Bulbourne Road
in Tring, to find out how they are helping individuals with a
learning disability to live more independently.
Mr Bercow, MP for Buckingham and Speaker of the House of
Commons, was given...
Turning Point comments on new unemployment figures
Commenting on the new unemployment figures, released today,
Turning Point's Director of Employment Services, John Mallalieu
"These rising unemployment figures paint a bleak picture, and
particularly for some of the people Turning Point
"With large amounts of skilled people now finding themselves out
of work too, those who have never...
Turning Point comments on proposals to cut binge drinking
Commenting on the Government's proposals on tackling problem
drinking, Turning Point's Director of Substance Misuse Services
Selina Douglas said:
"Any new alcohol strategy or measures aimed at tackling alcohol
abuse must include early identification of people who regularly
misuse alcohol. In particular, we need specialists in hospitals to
identify dependent drinkers...
Turning Point Comments on the Health Committee's report on Social Care
Commenting on the Health Committee's report on Social Care,
Turning Point's chief executive Lord Victor Adebowale
"We share the committee's call for joined up commissioning of
services. As the report highlights, health, housing and
social care services are frequently used by older people, but this
is not just about the...
Turning Point comments on National Audit Office report on the Work Programme
Commenting on the National Audit Office report on the Work
Programme, Turning Point's Director of Employment Services,
John Mallalieu said: "Turning Point shares the Work Programme's
vision of supporting individuals in finding long-term employment,
but the National Audit Office's report highlights some issues with
"Rolling out the Work Programme...
Turning Point comments on Public Health Outcomes Framework
Commenting on the new Public Health Outcomes Framework, released
today, Turning Point's Chief Executive, Lord Victor Adebowale
"The new Public Health Outcomes Framework provides an
opportunity to increase integration between different public health
strands such as mental health, substance misuse and long term
conditions. Seize this opportunity and we could...
Turning Point statement on Alcohol Guidelines report
Commenting on the Science and Technology Committee's Alcohol
Guidelines report, released today, Turning Point's Director of
Substance Misuse Services, Selina Douglas said:
"We agree that advising people to have two alcohol free days a
week could be a beneficial addition to the safe drinking
guidelines. It's also important to intervene...
Turning Point Launches Bottling It Up
Thousands of children living with parents with drink problems
are at risk of depression, anxiety and increased anger. Alcohol
misuse within families is an escalating concern, according to a new
report published today (Tuesday). The findings from Turning Point,
the health and social care organisation, reveal that parents who
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...
Turning Point Comments on New NHS Operating Framework
Commenting on the new NHS Operating Framework, published today,
Turning Point's Chief Executive, Lord Victor Adebowale said;
"During a period of transition, efficiency savings and huge
structural changes, it is encouraging to see the importance placed
on the need for greater integration throughout the framework.
Despite this emphasis however there...
Turning Point Comments on Rise in Ketamine Problems
Commenting on the Drugscope Drug Trends Survey 2011, released
today, which showed Ketamine problems are on the rise, Turning
Point's Director of Substance Misuse Services, John Mallalieu
"Turning Point's own services have experienced almost a 40%
increase in Ketamine users over the last three years, so this
survey very much...
Turning Point Responds to Health Committee Report on Public Health
Responding to the Health Select Committee's Public Health
report, published today, Turning Point's Chief Executive, Lord
Victor Adebowale said;
"Whilst we agree that the new public health plans for local
authorities make sense, we share the concerns raised by the Health
Committee of the lack of statutory duty on local...
Turning Point Comments on New Strategic Vision for Volunteering in Social Care
Commenting on Turning Point's new strategic vision for
volunteering in social care, Turning Point Connected Care's
Assistant Director, Gemma Bruce said;
"The investment of £2.6 million towards national volunteering
and social action projects is a step in the right direction.
Volunteers make a huge contribution towards the delivery of health
Turning Point Comments on FRANK Re-launch
Health and social care organisation Turning Point, today
welcomed the re-launch of FRANK - the national drugs information
and advice service provided by the Department of Health (DH), the
Home Office (HO) and the Department for Education (DfE).
Turning Point's Director of Substance Misuse Services, John
"Turning Point provides...
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 -
Turning Point Response to NTA's Latest Drugs Data
Turning Point's Director of Substance Misuse, John Mallalieu
responds to the National Treatment Agency's annual report and
latest statistics, released today.
"These new statistics are promising and Turning Point has
witnessed greater numbers of people recovering from drug addiction
within our own services. Some of our clients are going on...
Ex-offenders Tell Justice Minister How They Are Being Helped Back into Work
Minister of State for Justice, Lord McNally heard how a local
service has been exceeding targets to get ex offenders back into
employment and training when he visited during the Liberal Democrat
Party Conference, held in Birmingham this week.
The service, EESPro, is commissioned by the National Offender
Drug Users Climb Road to Recovery with British Military Fitness
Former drug users in central London are being helped to get
their lives back on track through military style exercise and have
now completed the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge The three men and one woman climbed the UK's three highest peaks
in 24hours as part of a programme...
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 Response to Public Services Reform White Paper
Commenting on the Open Public Services White Paper, published
this afternoon, Turning Point's CEO, Lord Victor Adebowale
"Turning Point supports the vision of today's White Paper.
Public services need to become services for the public but we also
need solutions that actually work.
"Public services can be delivered in a...
Turning Point Responds to Graham Allen’s Report on Early Intervention
In response to Graham Allen's report on early intervention,
published today, Turning Point's Chief Executive, Lord Victor
"Graham Allen's review makes some pertinent suggestions into how
best to tackle social challenges and make long term savings in the
process. However, there have been a number of reviews similar
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...
Young People, Alcohol and Influences - Turning Point Comment
Commenting on the study released today by the Joseph Rowntree
Foundation, which says children who see their parents drunk are
twice as likely to regularly get drunk themselves, Turning Point's
spokesperson on substance misuse Harry Walker says:
"Turning Point welcomes this report, not least because within
our services we are...
Turning Point Comment on NHS Future Forum’s Recommendations to Government
Commenting on the NHS Future Forum's recommendations to
Government, Turning Point's Chief Executive and NHS Future Forum
member Lord Victor Adebowale said;
"Professor Field has done a great job in completing this task in
eight weeks, given the time constraints and the fact that the
exercise itself was not ideal....
APPG on Complex Needs Responds to NHS Future Forum
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Complex Needs and Dual
Diagnosis submitted its response to the NHS Future Forum stating
that more needs to be done to ensure those with co-existing complex
needs are no longer left out of the system.
The APPG, a group of interested MPs, Peers...
Rise in Drink-related Hospital Admissions - Turning Point Comment
Leading care provider Turning Point is calling on the NHS to put
alcohol specialists in A and E departments.
John Mallalieu, Turning Point's Director of Substance
Misuse Services, says this would identify dependent drinkers and
get them into treatment quicker. His comments are in response
to new figures * showing drink-related hospital...
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 Response to Social Mobility Strategy
Commenting on the government's social mobility strategy,
launched today, Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of leading
health and social care organisation, Turning Point said:
"The recipe for creating an underclass is well known and
the key ingredient is lack of social mobility. At this time
of cuts it is right...
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 the Welfare Reform Bill
Commenting on today's publication of the Welfare Reform Bill,
Turning Point's Chief Executive Lord Victor Adebowale said:
"Reform to the welfare system requires sensitivity and boldness
combined with a deep understanding of the complexities of the lives
of the long-term unemployed. The challenges for the reform of the
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...
Turning Point Response to Graham Allen Review on Early Intervention
In response to the Graham Allen Review on Early Intervention,
published today, Turning Point's Chief Executive, Lord Victor
"Turning Point recognises that providing children with support
as early as possible will help them to develop the resilience
needed in adulthood and therefore supports Graham Allen's review of
Turning Point Response to Health Select Committee Report on Commissioning