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Get the latest Turning Point news, views and opinions. We are able to provide comment and information on a number of topical issues relating to mental health, employment, learning disability and substance misuse.

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Press Releases

23 October 2014

Turning Point’s People’s Parliament launches Charter in Birmingham

Turning Point's People's Parliament aims to maximise involvement of the people they support across their learning disability services, and has been created to ensure that all individuals supported by Turning Point are empowered and supported to influence what the organisation does at a local and national level as well...
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22 October 2014

CQC calls for improved access to health-based places of safety for those in mental health crisis

Lord Victor Adebowale CBE, Chief Executive of Turning Point and Chair of the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing said: "This report reiterates how essential it is that we immediately improve the provision, availability and awareness of health-based places of safety so that people experiencing a mental health crisis can...
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21 October 2014

Lord Victor Adebowale gives evidence on mental health and policing to Home Affairs Committee

The committee, which is chaired by Labour MP Keith Vaz, is investigating what can be done to improve the use of police and mental health care resources, and reduce the number of people with mental health issues who find themselves in a police cell when they should be in...
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15 October 2014

London Health Commission publishes final report

The Mayor set up the London Health Commission in September 2013 to review the health of the capital, from the provision of services to what Londoners themselves can do to help make London the healthiest major global city. Our Chief Executive, Lord Victor Adebowale CBE, was a member of the...
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15 October 2014

Turning Point responds to updated Alcohol Harm Map

"These figures clearly show the devastating impact that alcohol misuse has on individuals and wider society as well as the huge cost to the NHS." "It is vital that local areas innovate to address these issues. Turning Point works within a multi-disciplinary team in Sunderland Royal Hospital providing a range...
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08 October 2014

Turning Point responds to mental health funding announcement

"This commitment to investing in mental health services is welcome and undeniably needed to address the lack of parity of esteem that continues to exist for those with mental health issues, compared to people with physical health conditions." "This is a first step on a long journey. Funding cuts...
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08 October 2014

Turning Point ‘Recovery in Action’ event for World Mental Health Day

Crisis Point is a short stay mental health crisis service providing brief interventions to enable people to manage and learn from their crisis, rather than just survive it, and to develop the skills and understanding to manage any future mental health crises. The event, which will take place at Turning...
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08 October 2014

New Alcohol Service aimed at professionals opens in Westminster

The service is delivered by professional staff from Turning Point, a social enterprise with 50 years' experience in delivering alcohol support services to a range of people. The Resolution Clinic is specifically aimed at those who may not be able to access support during the day as a result...
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06 October 2014

Lord Adebowale to Co-chair ‘Future of the NHS’ seminar

At the seminar delegates will discuss the future of the NHS, and challenges facing the delivery of health and social care as policymakers in Parliament consider the priorities for the next Parliament. Sessions will focus on opportunities for Clinical Commissioning Groups, Health and Wellbeing Boards, Public Health England and NHS England,...
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01 October 2014

Turning Point launches Smoking Cessation Pilots

Today also marks the beginning of Stoptober, the national 'stop smoking month' led by Public Health England, to encourage people to stop smoking throughout the month of October. The smoking cessation pilots are built on research, previously undertaken by the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLAM) which shows that...
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29 September 2014

Final 2014 Recovery Street Film Festival held at Camden Lock Market

The festival, opened by Mitch Winehouse, founder of the drugs and alcohol charity The Amy Winehouse Foundation, on 10 September in Borough Market, has travelled across the UK and is now returning to London for its final festival date. Organised by a consortium of addiction treatment providers including Turning Point,...
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26 September 2014

Government review of Social Value Act welcomed by Social Economy Alliance

The review, launched today by the Cabinet Office and the PM's Advisor on Enterprise Lord Young, follows the release of the Alliance's manifesto, which calls for the strengthening and extension of the Social Value Act to goods, works, infrastructure and public assets. The Alliance says the extension of the Act...
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19 September 2014

Turning Point supports Smoking Cessation

Stoptober is a campaign, led by Public Health England, to encourage people to stop smoking throughout the month of October. Current research from Public Health England shows that people who can stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smokefree after this period. Smoking Cessation schemes...
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11 September 2014

First screening of Recovery Street films at launch in London

The festival was opened by Rosanna O' Connor, Director of Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco at Public Health England and Mitch Winehouse , founder of the drugs and alcohol charity The Amy Winehouse Foundation, to a packed Market Hall in Borough Market, London. Organised by a consortium of addiction treatment providers including...
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11 September 2014

Turning Point holds Learning Disability event at Speakers House

People with learning disabilities, their carers, and support workers from the seven regions where Turning Point run learning disability services attended the afternoon reception. The event was also attended by representatives with learning disabilities from a number of other organisations including Dimensions, United Response, Real Life Options and The Foundation...
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09 September 2014

Turning Point responds to Chief Medical Officer’s report

"The lack of parity of esteem that continues to exist for those with mental health issues, compared to people with physical health conditions, is simply unacceptable. This report adds to the growing body of research which highlights the vital importance of investing in mental health services." "Significant challenges exist if...
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08 September 2014

Turning Point responds to Royal College of Psychiatrists’ report

"As this report highlights, an increasing number of drug users are turning to the growing list of new legal highs being produced. It is essential that services are flexible and able to provide innovative support to address this need and that the commissioning model reflects this." "Turning Point has developed...
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05 September 2014

Turning Point Turns 50

In 1964, Turning Point founder Barry Richards launched a small non-profit organisation called Helping Hands to help people with issues related to alcohol. It developed into Turning Point in 1984. At the time, Helping Hands was the UK's first attempt to help those with alcohol problems, by using a...
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05 September 2014

New foil legislation in place

Foil will be supplied as a practical resource to encourage injectors to smoke instead of injecting, reducing the risks such as the spread of Blood Borne Virus' (BBVs) and higher risk of overdose, linked with injecting. It will also provide an entry point to services for individuals who would...
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04 September 2014

Turning Point responds to Future of Health and Social Care in England report

"I fully agree that a new approach which sees care designed around individual need, not simply diagnosis, is paramount. We need to move to a single integrated budget that follows the individual and brings services together. At the heart of this move is the knowledge that the distinction between...
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02 September 2014

Mitch Winehouse to open first Recovery Street Film Festival

The festival will be opened by Mitch Winehouse, founder of the drugs and alcohol charity The Amy Winehouse Foundation. Mitch Winehouse will also announce the overall festival winner, who will be awarded with £1000 worth of film related training and prizes. Organised by a consortium of addiction treatment providers including Phoenix...
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29 August 2014

Volunteering Opportunity at Wakefield Retail Learning Experience

Based at shop unit number 2 at the front of the Market Hall, Wakefield, opposite Grosvenor House, the RLE gives service users within the Wakefield Districts Substance Misuse Services an opportunity to gain relevant qualifications and access support and advice around employment. The initiative was implemented with support from Wakefield Council,...
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28 August 2014

Turning Point and Business in the Community

For 50 years Turning Point, a social enterprise, has been working with individuals in a range of settings including community services, primary care settings, hospitals and prisons, to turn their lives around. Through Business in the Community's Ready for Work Programme, Turning Point clients get tailored support from business back...
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14 August 2014

Turning Point responds to HSJ findings on cuts to mental health services

"Today's findings pointing to cuts and reduced bed numbers are not surprising to those working within the sector but are shocking in regards to the pressure mental health services are currently under even though we know that investment in mental health, prevention and early intervention can not only save...
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01 August 2014

Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis factsheet published as a result of ongoing inquiry

The APPG on Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis (APPG) was established in 2007 in recognition of the fact that people seeking help often have a number of over-lapping needs. Through its work the APPG brings stakeholders together to ensure that this important social issue remains on the political agenda and...
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30 July 2014

Tea Party at Wilbraham Road

Turning Point Wilbraham Road provides supported accommodation for 11 adults with severe and enduring mental health needs. The service supports its residents to develop the skills they need to live independently: improving management of finances, supporting access to local services and signposting to education and training opportunities. Residents set realistic,...
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29 July 2014

Partnership working celebrated in Waltham Forest

Services at Turning Point Waltham Forest are tailored to meet the needs of the individual to address not only drug and alcohol misuse but other areas of the individuals' life which may impact on their substance use. The service offers photography, IT skills and Back to Work classes with...
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25 July 2014

Cheltenham Summer Open Day

Turning Point Cheltenham is a drug and alcohol recovery service which offers a range of harm reduction and treatment options to individuals experiencing substance misuse issues as well as to their families or significant others. At the open day Adult Education Gloucestershire will be running classes on jewellery making, cooking,...
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16 July 2014

Crisis Point in Manchester hosts Open Day

The day offers a great opportunity to view the service and find out more about the support that is available. As part of the day there will also be a Q&A discussion with people who have used Crisis Point and other mental health services in Manchester who will be...
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14 July 2014

Turning Point appoints Robert McDonald as Head of Operations for Mental Health services

Bob has worked in both clinical and managerial roles in the mental health field for over twenty five years including as Director, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Executive in the third sector and in senior management in the NHS. Bob is a qualified psychiatric nurse, with an MA in...
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09 July 2014

Rightsteps to Wellbeing

Retail Trust, the charity for the 4.5million people in the retail sector, delivers free and confidential support to employees offering everything from counselling and debt advice to employment law and hardship grants. Rightsteps Wellbeing is now included within the range of services available within their Retail Employee Assistance Programme 'RetailEAP'. Rightsteps Wellbeing...
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08 July 2014

Turning Point responds to launch of new mental health triage service for police in London

"I am pleased to see the Commission's recommendations being implemented. This is a much needed development and a step in the right direction towards parity of response for people in crisis. As the commission's report made clear we need all agencies to work together to ensure that people in...
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08 July 2014

CentreForum report ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ published

Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point and a 'Mental Health Commission' commissioner said; "This report makes clear that mental health and wellbeing will not be side-lined. No-one involved in this report wants words without action - what is key is that individuals and organisations in the health and...
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07 July 2014

Oldham homelessness prevention service wins award for success

Oldham Floating Support Partnership, a joint effort of Threshold and Turning Point with housing associations Aksa Homes and First Choice Homes Oldham won in the 'North West Collaborative Action' category at the Responsible Business Awards on Wednesday 25th June, hosted by BBC journalist Louise Minchin. Both Threshold and Aksa are...
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02 July 2014

Shadow Prisons Minister visits Turning Point service

HMP& YOI New Hall is a closed local prison which holds adult female prisoners of all categories and Young Offenders. Building on 50 years' experience of working with people who have complex needs in a range of settings, Turning Point provide services at HMP& YOI New Hall to promote...
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01 July 2014

New integrated drug and alcohol service for Medway area

The Medway Active Recovery Service is dedicated to showing there is a way out of drug and alcohol dependency, encouraging Medway service users to achieve their individual potential. We will offer a range of services across Medway that support the individual in achieving their treatment goals, supporting them through...
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23 June 2014

Turning Point offers advice at Wakefield Armed Forces Day

'Wreckreational' is a team of experienced Turning Point recovery workers dedicated to offering advice, support and treatment to users of Novel Psychoactive Substances or party drugs. During the summer the team will be available at local clubs and music venues across the district as well as attending community events to...
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19 June 2014

Turning Point in Hertfordshire mark Learning Disability Week

Turning Point's Hertfordshire Learning Disability Services offer both residential and day support to individuals with a range of learning disabilities and complex needs. The day will see service users, family and friends and staff take part in a range of activities including rounders and a three legged race. Local MP...
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19 June 2014

Turning Point supports recovery with AIR Football World Cup

The event is organised by AIR Football, an organisation which specialises in supporting individuals affected by substance misuse, crime, homelessness and mental ill health, through sport. Individuals taking part in tomorrow's World Cup event will be assigned to a national team and compete to be Football World Cup Champions. Supported by...
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16 June 2014

Roving Recovery Vehicle is a World Cup Success

For 3 hours before kick off (8-11pm) in England's first World Cup Group game the service took the Roving Recovery Vehicle (RRV) to a prime position on Fisherton Street in order to engage as many members of the public as possible on a predictably busy night in the town. The...
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13 June 2014

Lord Adebowale speaks at House of Lords debate on premature deaths of people with learning disabilities

The debate was brought forward by Baroness Hollins, nearly one year since the Government responded to the CIPLOD report. Lord Adebowale stated that; "At the heart of this Inquiry is the fundamental issue of meeting and responding to people's needs." "The Inquiry's recommendations need to be addressed as a matter of...
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13 June 2014

Roving Recovery Vehicle out and about in the lead up to England’s first World Cup Game

The Wiltshire Substance Misuse Service is an integrated drug and alcohol service providing a range of interventions across the county of Wiltshire. The service works with anyone over 18 years of age who is concerned about their drug and/or alcohol use. Roving Recovery Vehicles enable services to provide support...
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09 June 2014

Only two days left to sign up to the Recovery Street Film Festival on Thunderclap

Tomorrow (11th June) is the last day in which you can sign up to support the Recovery Street Film Festival on Thunderclap. Signing up is easy to do; you just click on the link below and choose whether to support via Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr. https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/12215-recovery-street-film-festival?locale=en Once you have signed...
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03 June 2014

Share your story at the Recovery Street Film Festival

Organised by a consortium of treatment providers including Phoenix Futures, Turning Point, CRI, Blenheim and Action on Addiction, supported by Public Health England and Drugscope (www.recoverystreetfilmfestival.co.uk/partners) the festival aims to celebrate and promote recovery from substance misuse dependency. We are on the hunt for anyone who wants to share their...
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03 June 2014

Mental health is a top priority for the Met

With one in four people likely to face a mental health issue and up to 40 per cent of all MPS work relating to people with mental health vulnerability in the capital, mental health is recognised by the Met as a core part of policing. Lord Adebowale's report highlighted...
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02 June 2014

Turning Point responds to Royal College of Psychiatrists report

"A reduction in bed numbers coupled with the increasing needs of an expanding and ageing population is creating the perfect storm in mental health provision. This report makes clear that closing beds without having robust community based services in place to counteract it can have very negative consequences. We need...
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29 May 2014

Turning Point responds to HSCIC statistics on alcohol 2014

"These statistics emphasise the huge impact alcohol misuse has on society and on the NHS. While it is good to see a reduction in the number of people being admitted to hospital for alcohol related issues we cannot afford to be complacent. Based on the support Turning Point provides...
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23 May 2014

Turning Point responds to research published by Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry

"It is wholly unacceptable that an individual with severe mental ill health can expect to have a reduced life expectancy of 10-20 years. Turning Point work hard to ensure that our mental health services support the whole person, not just their mental health needs. For example our Health in...
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21 May 2014

Turning Point responds to new NHS guidance on patients’ choice in Mental Health care

"Giving individuals with mental health issues the same choice as those with physical health issues is an important step towards parity of esteem. It is essential that the right support is available for any individuals who need it, when they need it. Supporting people to make informed decisions about their...
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20 May 2014

Turning Point responds to HSCIC data on Mental Health Act

"The Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing, published last year, found that we need to change practices on the ground, not just for the police but for those working across the health and social care sector in relation to supporting those with mental health issues. Parity of data is...
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12 May 2014

Turning Point one of three partners in new Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS)

Turning Point, alongside CRI and DHI, will be working together to support those with substance misuse issues in the area. • CRI (Crime Reduction Initiatives), together with their partners ARA (Addiction Recovery Agency), will provide early intervention, first contact and outreach to prevent people's problems worsening. • Turning Point will build...
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05 May 2014

Turning Point official partner at NICE Annual Conference

Turning Point have an ongoing commitment to developing community engagement in the design and delivery of services, exemplified through our Connected Care model and we welcome NICE's interest in this area. Helen MacFarlane, Head of Research, Community Engagement and Co-production at Turning Point will be speaking at the conference about...
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24 April 2014

Turning Point responds to NCVO report on payment by results and the voluntary sector

"This report clearly identifies that there are still issues with PbR mechanisms. Instead of promoting collaboration and innovation there has been a transfer of all risk to the providers. Organisations that are small and specialist could be locked out because of this. The system needs time to mature. We recognise...
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22 April 2014

Turning Point Peer Mentoring Programme in CSJ report

In his report for the Centre for Social Justice former Cabinet Minister Jonathan Aiken has claimed that a roll out of mentoring schemes could be a 'game-changer' in the drive to slow the revolving door culture of reoffending. 'Meaningful Mentoring' references Turning Point as one of the leading mentoring organisations...
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17 April 2014

Turning Point Peer Mentors Meet with Student Pharmacists

The session took place as part of the students' 'Pharmaceutical Care of Drug Users', a 12 week course which fourth year pharmacy students can choose to study in the last semester of their degree. Although the course is optional, over half of the year group usually choose this course,...
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11 April 2014

Turning Point responds to Alcohol Concern’s review of Local Authority and Clinical Commissioning Groups’ strategies

"We welcome the results of Alcohol Concern's review of Local Authority and Clinical Commissioning Groups' (CCGs) strategies, showing that although the majority of areas are recognising the impact of alcohol misuse on the health of their local communities there is more to do to ensure that hidden harm is...
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09 April 2014

Turning Point responds to NICE updated guidelines on the provision of needle and syringe programmes

"We welcome the updated NICE guidelines published today, especially the focus on services for image and performance enhancing drug users, such as steroids. Turning Point provide needle exchange in over 50 locations across England with some, such as our South Westminster Smart Muscle service, Wakefield and Birmingham services showing a...
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04 April 2014

Gateshead Peer Mentoring Scheme recognised at House of Lords event

Clair O' Connor, Operations Manager for Turning Point in Gateshead and Peer Mentor Alan Reay travelled to the event in London to receive this recognition on behalf of the wider Peer Mentoring team. Recruited from the Gateshead community Turning Point Peer Mentors are individuals who are in recovery from drug...
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04 April 2014

Turning Point responds to mental health teams being placed in police stations and courts

"At Turning Point we know that individuals with mental health issues often end up in the care of the police. It is unacceptable that any individual experiencing mental ill health is met with anything but the utmost quality of care, support and compassion. This pilot is an important step...
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31 March 2014

London Health Commission ‘Summary of Call for Evidence’ published

"The London Health Commission is exploring how they can make a difference to Londoners' health and wellbeing. This is a hugely complicated task and I am pleased to see that the report recognises the role that community led commissioning, especially through Turning Point's Connected Care model, can play in...
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19 March 2014

Deputy Mayor visits pioneering Tri-borough re-offending service

The Starting Over programme aims to cut re-offending by 10 per cent in the central London Tri-borough area over the next four years by providing a package of support for male offenders who serve short prison sentences and do not currently receive formal post-release support. This service is an...
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13 March 2014

Damian Green MP visits Turning Point service in Ashford

The Ashford hub is part of Turning Point's East Kent 'Out There Everywhere' service. 'Out There Everywhere' is an integrated drug and alcohol service providing support for individuals with substance misuse issues across East Kent. The service offers a range of therapies which are geared to each individual's specific needs...
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03 March 2014

Peer Mentor Graduation for Wiltshire

Peer Mentors are role models who use their own experience of treatment and recovery to inspire, motivate and support others to become substance free. Becky, one of the graduating Peer Mentors said; "Since becoming a peer mentor my confidence has increased and I have purpose. I have been given the...
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26 February 2014

Earl’s Court Health and Wellbeing Centre seeks Centre Champions

The organisations involved work together in partnership with the aim of delivering care that addresses an individual's physical, mental and social wellbeing alongside their medical needs. The centre is now seeking their first Centre Champions to share and promote their ethos of community engagement and integrated care. The role asks...
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26 February 2014

Earl’s Court Health and Wellbeing Centre seeks Centre Champions

The organisations involved work together in partnership with the aim of delivering care that addresses an individual's physical, mental and social wellbeing alongside their medical needs. The centre is now seeking their first Centre Champions to share and promote their ethos of community engagement and integrated care. The role asks...
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25 February 2014

Turning Point’s Connected Care model cited as example of good practice in RSA report

The report argues that "most politicians and executives are aware that current local authority strategies aimed at reducing services or achieving greater efficiencies are not a long-term answer to the demands of an ageing society or the challenge of public sector austerity." "The report sets out approaches that local authorities...
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18 February 2014

Lord Victor Adebowale responds to the Crisis Care Concordat

"Last year the Independent Commission report on Mental Health and Policing concluded that mental health is core business for the police, as well as the health and social care system. The commitments made in the Concordat, as well as how it takes the Commission's recommendations forward, are a welcome...
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18 February 2014

Turning Point responds to the Crisis Care Concordat

"The focus the Crisis Care Concordat brings to the availability and quality of care for those experiencing a mental health crisis is welcome, and continues the work underway to deliver parity of esteem between mental and physical health, so that people with even the most complex needs get the...
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18 February 2014

Alcohol Health Alliance urges George Osborne not to give in to industry pressure

We know that alcohol costs the country more than £21 billion each year through its impact on health, crime and society. We are also seeing the misuse of alcohol putting a massive strain on the NHS. Annually there are more than 8,700 alcohol related deaths and 1.2 million alcohol-related...
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18 February 2014

Lord Victor Adebowale responds to the Crisis Care Concordat

"Last year the Independent Commission report on Mental Health and Policing concluded that mental health is core business for the police, as well as the health and social care system. The commitments made in the Concordat, as well as how it takes the Commission's recommendations forward, are a welcome...
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18 February 2014

Turning Point responds to the Crisis Care Concordat

"The focus the Crisis Care Concordat brings to the availability and quality of care for those experiencing a mental health crisis is welcome, and continues the work underway to deliver parity of esteem between mental and physical health, so that people with even the most complex needs get the...
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18 February 2014

Alcohol Health Alliance urges George Osborne not to give in to industry pressure

We know that alcohol costs the country more than £21 billion each year through its impact on health, crime and society. We are also seeing the misuse of alcohol putting a massive strain on the NHS. Annually there are more than 8,700 alcohol related deaths and 1.2 million alcohol-related...
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12 February 2014

Turning Point responds to NICE schizophrenia guidelines

"These guidelines bring a welcome focus to the range of support available for people with schizophrenia and psychosis. The emphasis on early intervention is hugely important as is the focus on person centred care. People with schizophrenia often face stigma and inequalities within the health system which are unacceptable....
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10 February 2014

Valentines at the Retail Learning Experience

Launched with the support of Wakefield Council and Turning Point's Substance Misuse Services, the shop is run by clients who have had substance misuse issues, supported by Turning Point staff. It provides an opportunity for clients to gain experience and confidence whilst offering twenty-four different qualifications in work experience placements...
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10 February 2014

Turning Point responds to ‘State of the Sector 2013’

"The substance misuse field is not static and this overview of the current state of the sector is very welcome. The report highlights the ongoing importance of engagement between service providers and new NHS structures such as Health and Wellbeing Boards, as well as emphasising the need for a...
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31 January 2014

Dr. Felix Davies presents on Crisis Mental Health services at WHO meeting in Lille

Turning Point's Crisis Point service is a mental health support centre in a residential area of Manchester. The service supports people to resolve their mental health crisis as well as prevent or manage future episodes, and thereby reduce the risk of self-harm and suicide. The Recovery Model is central to...
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28 January 2014

Lord Adebowale responds to ‘Falling Short: the Met’s healthcare of detainees in custody’

"The call for the Met to take immediate action to tackle the shortfall in nurses providing medical assessments and care for people held in police custody is welcome as is the acknowledgement of the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing report's findings. Keeping an equal focus on mental and...
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27 January 2014

Mary Creagh MP visits Turning Point services in Wakefield

In Wakefield Turning Point provide a number of services across the substance misuse and mental health sectors. The substance misuse services provide structured treatment for people dependent on alcohol or drugs as well as working with the criminal justice system to ensure people get access to treatment as soon...
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23 January 2014

Lord Victor Adebowale responds to ‘Police and Mental Health: How to get it right locally’

"This research which draws attention to how the police respond to those with mental health issues is welcome and complements the findings of the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing which published its report last year. Our report found, without any doubt, that mental health is a core part...
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20 January 2014

Lord Victor Adebowale responds to 'Closing the Gap: Priorities for essential change in mental health'

"'Closing the Gap' brings a much needed re-focus to the mental health priorities as outlined in the national strategy, 'No Health without Mental Health'. The action plan is another step towards addressing the challenges still abundant within the health service for anyone with a mental health issue. The lack of...
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20 January 2014

Dr. Felix Davies responds to ‘Closing the Gap: Priorities for essential change in mental health’

"It is a positive step forward that the Deputy Prime Minister is talking about mental health and bringing attention to this issue which affects such a significant number of people across the country. The report once again highlights the vital importance of promoting parity in the way mental health and...
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17 January 2014

MPs and stakeholders meet to discuss alcohol related hospital admissions

They met as part of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Complex needs and Dual Diagnosis which was formed in 2007 to inform parliamentarians of the barriers faced by those with complex needs or a dual diagnosis. The meeting was held in response to the increasing impact of substance misuse...
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15 January 2014

Amber Rudd MP visits Hastings Sanctuary Service

Hastings Sanctuary, which is celebrating its sixteenth year in June, offers support to individuals in the local area who are experiencing a mental health crisis. The service aims to support people through challenging circumstances by providing care tailored to their particular needs. Mel Tapp, Operations Manager for Turning Point's Hastings Sanctuary...
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15 January 2014

Creating Recovery Conference

The conference is the first event with a focus on abstinence based rehabilitation and is being run by Recovery Group UK (RGUK) and 'Give it Up for Comic Relief'. Gill Campbell, Area Operations Manager for Turning Point in the North West said; "We are looking forward to hearing from and...
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10 January 2014

Over a quarter of those in the UK feel worse this winter than the one before

The findings are based on a survey released by health and social care organisation Turning Point. The survey also shows that almost a third of people (32%) planned to cope with the pressures of Christmas by putting on a brave face and pretending to be ok, despite the fact...
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05 January 2014

Turning Point responds to announcement of extra funding for mental health professionals to work with police stations and courts

In response to this Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point and Chair of the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing, said; "The announcement that the Department of Health is making funding available for mental health nurses and other mental health professionals to work with police stations and courts...
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20 December 2013

Turning Point responds to ‘Drugs: new psychoactive substances and prescription drugs’ report

"This report clearly shows that the nature of drug use is changing. We know that the average age of people dependent on heroin and other opiates is rising, whilst younger drug users are turning to the growing list of new legal highs being produced, often unaware of the risks...
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17 December 2013 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point responds to ONS bulletin ‘Drinking Habits Amongst Adults 2012’

"Whilst it is good to see a fall in the overall number of men and women drinking, this bulletin clearly shows we still have a long way to go in terms of addressing our drinking habits in the UK. The bulletin shows that younger adults were less likely to...
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12 December 2013

John Leech MP visits Turning Point service in Manchester

The team at Douglas House supports individuals with enduring mental health issues in the Manchester area. Chris Donohoe, Operations Manager at Turning Point's Douglas House, said; "It was a pleasure to welcome John to Douglas House today to meet with our staff and service users and discuss the work we...
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12 December 2013

Turning Point responds to fourth independent review of the Work Capability Assessment

"The continued focus and development of the Work Capability Assessment is essential, particularly as mental health issues represent the primary cause of perceived incapacity in 40% of cases going through the WCA. We know that the experience of the WCA by people with mental health conditions needs vast improvement and...
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12 December 2013

Turning Point responds to the Government’s Drugs Strategy Annual Review

"Turning Point has been delivering recovery focused substance misuse services for nearly 50 years, and we welcome the Government's recommitment to a recovery focused treatment system. As the Review identifies, people with drug dependency often have a variety of complex needs including mental health issues, unemployment, a history of offending or...
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12 December 2013

Turning Point responds to cuts in funding to mental health trusts in England

"This is incredibly worrying news. It highlights the fact that despite the strides being made to address the issue, there is still not the necessary parity of esteem between mental and physical health. For instance, A&E services, in the face of increasing need, have been provided with an increase...
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05 December 2013

Lord Adebowale responds to news that ambulance response times have increased

"The announcement that ambulance response times are rising is extremely worrying. It is another barrier to achieving parity of esteem for those experiencing a mental health crisis who already receive a less equitable service compared to those with a physical health condition. In a health emergency people need an eight...
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05 December 2013

The Social Economy Alliance responds to the Autumn Statement

• Socially driven businesses - co-operatives and social enterprises - outstripped ordinary businesses for growth during financial crisis • 'Businesses that plough profit into people and society are best defence against phony growth in the economy' • Autumn Statement is a 'make or break moment' to turn away from debt-fuelled growth...
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02 December 2013

Turning Point Winner at Care Awards in Hertfordshire

Run by the Hertfordshire Care Providers Association the awards 'celebrate the exceptional care that takes place in the county'. This is the third year the Awards have run and over 400 guests, including the finalists, sponsors and representatives from HCPA's chosen charity of the night, Caudwell Children, joined together on Friday...
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28 November 2013

Turning Point Chief Executive included in HSJ’s BME healthcare pioneers list

Turning Point's Chief Executive, Lord Victor Adebowale, was included in the list. The HSJ created the list in response to the fact that only 1 in 200-plus NHS trusts has a chief executive from a BME background despite the fact that 'a growing number of BME leaders are forging a...
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28 November 2013

Turning Point responds to drug misuse statistics from HSCIC

"These statistics show that the government and local authorities cannot afford to be complacent about drug misuse and its cost to the public. The report highlights the increasing number of people being admitted to hospital with poisoning directly related to illicit drug use. It is therefore important that local...
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21 November 2013

Social Enterprise Day

In '50 Voices' Lord Adebowale shares his views on social enterprise alongside others including Richard Branson, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Liam Black and Sophi Tranchell. In his comment Victor discusses how an "intelligent leader recognises that profit cannot be the only motive; no business can exist without the support...
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20 November 2013

Central London’s New Initiative to Stop Reoffending

The aim of Starting Over is to target offenders who are sentenced to short-term custodial sentences of 12 months or less who would otherwise be released from prison without support and be more likely to reoffend, especially in the first two weeks after their release - often referred to...
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19 November 2013

Lord Adebowale comments on the Government’s response to the Francis report

In response to this, Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point, said; "The terrible experiences of patients at Mid Staffordshire showed us how dangerous a health and social care system can be if it does not have patient care at the heart of it. It is positive that the...
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13 November 2013

Gloucestershire Marks Alcohol Awareness Week

Health and social care organisation, Turning Point, who run substance misuse services across Gloucestershire will be holding a number of events during the Awareness Week to highlight the dangers around alcohol misuse and encourage people to address their drinking habits. Events include: • Information stands in Cirencester and Morton-in Marsh town centres,...
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08 November 2013

Turning Point responds to calls for alcohol screening in the workplace

"We completely support the idea of intervening early and preventing harmful drinking, which the article highlights, and we would encourage all employers to promote this. The use of screening tools and Identification and Brief Advice would give people the opportunity to discuss their alcohol use openly and help address any...
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07 November 2013

Turning Point Chief Executive is a Top Innovator

Among the 'Top Innovators' selected was Lord Victor Adebowale CBE, Chief Executive of Turning Point. Below is HSJ's reason for his inclusion: "Lord Adebowale is widely credited with changing the way in which the third sector works with the NHS, as well as public perceptions of mental health. Since 2001,...
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06 November 2013

Turning Point responds to Public Health England report ‘Drug treatment in England 2012-13’

"It is good to see that the overall number of people in treatment continued to fall in 2012 and 2013, and as we're seeing in our services across the country, so has the number of people starting treatment for heroin and crack cocaine. However, we need to remember that...
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01 November 2013

Lord Adebowale responds to integration pioneers announcement

"This commitment to greater integration is welcome. Turning Point has been calling for strategic action to address the gaps in health and social care for a long time, however, it must be accompanied by a commissioning model which is based on an in-depth understanding of community need. Through Turning Point's...
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30 October 2013

Lord Adebowale responds to Mental Health detention figures from HSCIC

"Whilst it is positive that the number of people detained in a police station as a Place of Safety under the mental health act has fallen since last year we still need to address the fact that police stations were used for one in three known Place of...
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23 October 2013

Lord Adebowale joins the debate on the Lobbying Bill

"Social change occurs because of people outside these Chambers taking up concerns that we do not yet know of and lobbying people such as us ... precisely when the local and national elections are in the minds of the public and the lobbyists." He also said that the Bill...
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16 October 2013

Mental health bed closures

Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point and Chair of the Independent Commission into Mental Health and Policing said; "This research is worrying and clearly highlights that we have a long way to go before there is parity of esteem between mental and physical health. It is unacceptable that...
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10 October 2013

East Sussex Service celebrates World Mental Health Day

Health in Mind is a service for people aged 18 and above who are experiencing mild to moderate anxiety and depression in East Sussex and is part of the National IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) programme. The treatment provided is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which teaches you how...
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09 October 2013

Turning Point appoints Dr Felix Davies as new Managing Director for Mental Health Services

Felix makes the move to Turning Point from South Staffordshire & Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust where he was Director of Psychological Services and the organisation's lead for its 9 IAPT services. Prior to this Felix was Director of Psychological Therapies at Rotherham, Doncaster & South Humber NHS Foundation Trust...
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07 October 2013 | Mental Health

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 are: three...
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07 October 2013

Feedback from Worcester residents shapes local health initiatives

People living in Warndon, Gorse Hill and Rainbow Hill have had a unique opportunity to help shape community projects and health initiatives in their area. This innovative approach to community service design is run by Turning Point, a health and social care organisation with community engagement expertise, on behalf...
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30 September 2013

Birmingham Recovery Walk

Turning Point colleagues and service users joined around 3,000 people on the two mile walk which began in Victoria Square, Birmingham City Centre and ended at Calthorpe Park on the outskirts of the city, with Turning Point's Zephyr Recovery Kitchen hosting breakfast beforehand. The Turning Point marquee, which was decorated...
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26 September 2013

Turning Point’s Group Board of Directors are recruiting a Non-Executive Member

This is an exciting time to be part of our team. Turning Point is a not-for-dividend social enterprise working to the highest standards of professionalism and quality. We reinvest our profits into improved services for the people we serve, and our strategic plan enables us to influence and shape...
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25 September 2013

Turning Point responds to mental health focus in Labour Party Conference Speech

"It is encouraging that Ed Miliband has focused on the importance of prioritising mental health provision in this country. As he recognises, mental health is not restricted by age, gender or geography and yet the stigma around it persists. We need to ensure that parity of esteem between physical...
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24 September 2013

Lord Adebowale writes on Drunk Tanks in the Huffington Post

This is based on the proposal from Chief Constable Adrian Lee, the national policing lead on alcohol harm, to send people who are so intoxicated they cannot look after themselves to drunk tanks to sober up overnight. Victor writes that "the idea, which no doubt appeals to headline writers, seems...
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19 September 2013

Gateshead holds Third Annual Recovery Shield tournament

The Recovery Shield tournament has grown from being a local to national event with over 20 teams and 200 people competing this year to win the Recovery Shield. One of the main aims of the tournament is to break down the stigma often associated with substance misuse. Richy Cunningham, Event...
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17 September 2013

In response to Inside Out episode ‘A and E: Challenges and Solutions’

"It is clear that alcohol misuse puts immense pressure on A and E services. Since 2002/03 alcohol related hospital admissions have increased by 40% to an estimated 1.22million across England in 2011/12. The focus this programme brings to new and innovative ways of responding to the growing pressure on...
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16 September 2013

Wakefield Recovery Cycle

The cycle, which saw substance misuse staff and service users from across the district take part, began at Nostell Priory and finished at the Anglers Country Club, with Wakefield Districts Cycle Forum providing the bikes and routes. As well as the main Recovery Cycle three shorter rides also took...
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12 September 2013

Turning Point signs up to the Driving up Quality Code

Our Chief Executive, Lord Victor Adebowale said: "This is a great development for the sector as providers should always be doing more than meeting minimum standards. "Genuinely being able to drive up quality involves measuring success and being transparent about this. The self-assessment aspect of the Code is particularly helpful,...
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10 September 2013 | Mental Health

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...
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04 September 2013

Lord Adebowale opens Retail Learning Experience in Wakefield

The shop sells local produce and is run by service users from Turning Point's Wakefield Districts Substance Misuse Services and first opened its doors for business in July. It is becoming well known in the local community and is providing vital stepping stones for service users to progress in...
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29 August 2013

Paralympics did have a lasting effect on our views of people with a learning disability

New research from Turning Point has highlighted the lasting positive effect of the Paralympic Games on the nation's perception of those living with a learning disability. A year after the Paralympics, a third of Brits stated that the Games meant they now had a more positive impression of those...
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05 August 2013

Zero Hours Contracts and Turning Point

A driver for this change from casual worker agreements to zero hours contracts was to give employees more rights than if they were casuals. We fully recognise that zero hours contracts should not replace a permanent contract as the default employment option. We released the following statement to the...
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29 July 2013

Local MP visits 'impressive' Dorset service

The local service provides initial treatment to those in the criminal justice system who have substance misuse issues as well as offering advice, information and referral when necessary to other local services. Richard Drax MP wrote about the visit on his website saying, "Back on to the bike and down...
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23 July 2013 | Mental Health

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....
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22 July 2013

Women offenders tell their life stories through art and film exhibition

The Wallsend Women's group is run by Northumbria Probation Trust in response to Baroness Corston's call for a distinct approach to working with women offenders. The group is designed to meet the specific needs of female offenders and provides an informal and safe environment where they can more effectively...
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17 July 2013

Government’s response to the Alcohol Strategy Consultation

"Minimum alcohol pricing is an important element of the alcohol debate but we need to remember that fixing a minimum unit price alone is not enough to address the huge issue of alcohol misuse in this country. What we need to do is invest in services that reach at...
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15 July 2013

Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea attends Timebank event at Earl’s Court Health and Wellbeing Centre

The Timebank celebration event organised in partnership with Family Mosaic, Southern Housing, L&Q housing and the Earls Court Community Trust, was a great opportunity for people to find out more about the Timebank whilst they enjoyed the range of activities that were on offer. The event featured free food from...
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12 July 2013

Government’s response to the Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disabilities

"We welcome the Government's intention to support named healthcare coordinators and look at developing best practice guidelines for treatment via NHS England and the new clinical lead for learning disabilities. We also look forward to hearing more on the recommendations that are still being discussed, such as introducing patient-held records. It...
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10 July 2013

Turning Point responds to the Cavendish Review

In response to the Review Fiona Ritchie, Turning Point's Managing Director for Learning Disability Services said; "The focus the independent Cavendish Review brings to the issue of training and support in health and social care is welcome. The review is completely correct when it states that healthcare assistants and social...
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10 July 2013

Wakefield Retail Learning Experience opens

Based at shop unit number 2 at the front of the Market Hall, Wakefield, opposite Grosvenor House the RLE gives service users within the Wakefield Districts Substance Misuse Services an opportunity to gain relevant qualifications and access support and advice around employment. The initiative was implemented with help from Wakefield...
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05 July 2013

Secretary of State for Health visits Earl’s Court Health and Wellbeing Centre

The Earl's Court Health and Wellbeing Centre brings together several services in one building including general practice (Greenbrook Healthcare), sexual health (Terrence Higgins Trust), dentistry (NHS Dentist) and wellbeing support (Turning Point). The organisations involved work together in partnership with the aim of delivering care that addresses an individual's physical,...
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01 July 2013

Turning Point responds to the setting of a national minimum threshold in eligibility criteria

"It is absolutely essential that we get this right. People rely on support to lead independent and fulfilling lives so we need to ensure that the eligibility criteria is not set prohibitively high. Having national consistency around eligibility criteria is an important and positive step. However, it is also clear...
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01 July 2013

Open Day at Wakefield Substance Misuse service

Dave Taylor a Team Leader at Wakefield Treatment Services said; "It is a privilege to be involved in the development of Turning Point's Wreckreational team. This service is a reaction to the emerging trend of party drugs or so called legal highs across the Wakefield district. It is an issue...
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28 June 2013

Local singers perform at Disability Rocks concert

Julie, Gloria, Yasmin and Tony attend singing sessions with 'Sing from the Heart' every Friday, a group formed of individuals with a learning or physical disability who are joined by their love of music. Disability Rocks is a not for profit organisation established in 2012 by Richard Sutton, who has...
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27 June 2013

Turning Point responds to Work Programme statistics

"The increase in the number of people finding sustained employment through the Work Programme as evidenced in today's statistics is good to see. However, the fact that the number of people receiving Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) who have been helped into work is well below the minimum contractual performance...
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26 June 2013

Turning Point responds to the Spending Review

"The £3 billion of health and social care funding that will be used to commission joint services by the NHS and local councils is good to see but should not only benefit the elderly. Turning Point has been calling for action to address the gaps in health and social...
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18 June 2013

London Mental Health Trusts discuss Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing report

The meeting brought together the ten Chairs of the London Mental Health Trusts and was chaired by Dave Mellish, a member of the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing as well as being Chair of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. The Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing's report was...
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14 June 2013

Turning Point responds to the NCEPOD report into the care of people with alcohol-related illness

"This focus on opportunities for early interventions in hospitals is welcome. Good early interventions in hospitals for the care of people with alcohol-related illness do exist, but we need to ensure that priority is given to them and that the funding is there to replicate such services across the...
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13 June 2013

Clinical lead for Turning Point Rightsteps service in Wakefield offers ‘five top tips’

Linsay commented that working in a high pressure job can leave you vulnerable to mental health difficulties but the good news is that there are things we can all do to reduce this vulnerability and stay well. In Cognitive Behavioural Therapy a Maintenance Cycle refers to how our thoughts, feelings...
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11 June 2013

Local Turning Point service ‘commended’ in MPs debate

In a debate last week by MPs on the Home Affairs Committee's report on Drugs, Diana Johnson said that she saw, "at first hand how collaboration can work effectively when I visited a drugs treatment facility in Wakefield run by Turning Point." Diana Johnson went on to describe how...
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10 June 2013

Turning Point Response to DLA Changes

"Although we support the simplification of the current benefits system, we need to ensure that these changes are implemented in the right way to make sure that the government's aim to 'target those who need help most' is met. The fear for many people in receipt of current DLA...
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04 June 2013 | Substance Misuse

The Alliance to work in HMP Ashfield

Nerys Anthony, Head of Justice and Performance says; 'This is an opportunity for us to work in a new area, building on our experience of managing complex cases, both within a custodial environment and the community, to reduce reoffending.'...
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04 June 2013

Graduation Ceremony for first Peer Mentors in Mental Health

Milestone is a 14 bed high support housing unit for people with enduring mental health issues which facilitates reintegration into the community. Turning Point's Peer Mentoring program was designed to enable service users to mentor others going through treatment, especially during the transition from hospital to the community. Through the Peer...
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30 May 2013

Turning Point responds to alcohol statistics from HSCIC

"These statistics show that the government cannot afford to be complacent about alcohol dependency and its cost to the public. The rise in hospital admissions caused by an alcohol related condition emphasises the acute need for continued investment in alcohol services, both in the community and in hospital settings. One...
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24 May 2013

Turning Point responds to Jeremy Hunt’s speech, ‘Primary Care and the Modern family doctor’

"The idea that GPs should be 'champions' for their patients, rather than 'a gateway to the system', is hugely important. In 2011, we opened the Earls Court Health and Wellbeing Centre, an NHS centre which combines sexual health, dentistry, wellbeing services and general practice. At the heart of the...
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21 May 2013

Turning Point responds to new Work Programme report

"This report raises serious concerns about the work programme not reaching those who are most disadvantaged, with the hardest to help jobseekers being 'parked 'by some providers to focus, instead, on those closer to the job market. Our experience and the experience of many sub contractors is that this...
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21 May 2013

Shortlist announced for ‘Inspiring images of Social Care’ competition

This week Community Care announced the shortlist which includes a fantastic range of inspiring images from across the social care sector and we are delighted that some Turning Point images have been included in this. In an email announcing the shortlist, Community Care said that "they received many fantastic entries,...
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21 May 2013

Recovery Kitchen Graduation

Recovery Kitchen was launched by Turning Point Zephyr, in collaboration with Event Masters catering company and Birmingham City Council, in February this year when they hosted a showcase of the new Recovery Kitchen facilities, part of the café hub at Summerhill House, Birmingham's residential Recovery centre. Taught by a Savoy...
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17 May 2013

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 original target. 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, anxiety and...
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15 May 2013

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 speech today. 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...
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14 May 2013

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...
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14 May 2013

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. Selina Douglas,...
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13 May 2013

Graduation Ceremony for Somerset Peer Mentors

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. Now business owner, Faisel Ghaghazi, spoke at the ceremony about his own experiences with drug and alcohol misuse and how he was able to...
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10 May 2013

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. Mental...
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10 May 2013

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 about...
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09 May 2013

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...
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09 May 2013

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 service...
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08 May 2013

The Care and Support Alliance respond to the Queen’s speech

"The social care system is in deep crisis. The number of older people, disabled people and carers that need social care is increasing. At the same time budgets are shrinking and support is being rationed. The Care and Support Alliance welcomes the commitment from the Government to end the grossly...
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30 April 2013

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...
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25 April 2013

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...
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23 April 2013

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...
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15 April 2013

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...
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09 April 2013

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 publications. The Earl's Court Health and Wellbeing Centre, managed by Turning Point, offers a range of NHS services with a commitment...
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28 March 2013

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...
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28 March 2013

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...
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27 March 2013

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. Peer...
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27 March 2013

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. Peer...
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20 March 2013

Turning Point responds to the 2013 Budget statement

"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...
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20 March 2013

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...
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19 March 2013

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...
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19 March 2013

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...
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19 March 2013

Alliance Response to the MoJ Consultation on Transforming Rehabilitation

The Alliance was created as an equal partnership in 2006 and operates the Payment by Results (PbR) contract at HMP Doncaster and HMP Thameside using the Alliance Offender Management (AOM) model....
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19 March 2013

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 do...
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19 March 2013

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 do...
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18 March 2013

Alliance Response to the MoJ Consultation on Transforming Rehabilitation (1)

Read the Alliance response to the MoJ consultation on transforming rehabilitation...
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18 March 2013

Alliance Response to the MoJ Consultation on Transforming Rehabilitation

Read the Alliance response to the MoJ consultation on transforming rehabilitation...
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15 March 2013

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...
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15 March 2013

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...
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14 March 2013

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 children. Earl's Court Time Bank works by providing ways for people to share their skills and be rewarded for it in time...
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14 March 2013

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 children. Earl's Court Time Bank works by providing ways for people to share their skills and be rewarded for it in time...
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13 March 2013

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...
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13 March 2013

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...
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08 March 2013

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...
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08 March 2013

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...
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06 March 2013

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...
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06 March 2013

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...
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01 March 2013

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....
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01 March 2013

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....
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21 February 2013

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...
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21 February 2013

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...
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15 February 2013

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 alcohol. A new specialist alcohol team has now come together in one place meaning quicker access to assessment and safe,...
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15 February 2013

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 alcohol. A new specialist alcohol team has now come together in one place meaning quicker access to assessment and safe,...
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12 February 2013

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...
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12 February 2013

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...
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11 February 2013

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...
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11 February 2013

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...
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10 February 2013

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 delivered. Selina Douglas, Managing Director of Substance Misuse...
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10 February 2013

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 delivered. Selina Douglas, Managing Director of Substance Misuse said: "It...
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07 February 2013

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...
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07 February 2013

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...
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06 February 2013

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...
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06 February 2013

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...
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01 February 2013

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. Before...
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01 February 2013

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. Before...
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31 January 2013

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 communities. Public...
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31 January 2013

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 communities. Public...
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29 January 2013

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 must address. What we...
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29 January 2013

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 must address. What we...
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25 January 2013

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...
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25 January 2013

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...
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24 January 2013

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...
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24 January 2013

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...
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18 January 2013

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...
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17 January 2013

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,...
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14 January 2013

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...
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09 January 2013

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,...
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09 January 2013

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...
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07 January 2013 | Substance Misuse

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 multi-disciplinary team. Turning Point was also successful in our bid to provide some of the new Integrated Drug Service in Northumberland....
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31 December 2012

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 coming years. In reference to Turning Point's current collaborations...
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14 December 2012

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;...
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14 December 2012

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 amount...
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13 December 2012

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...
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12 December 2012

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....
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11 December 2012

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 sleepers hugely...
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10 December 2012

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 take the...
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10 December 2012

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 disability experts...
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05 December 2012

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 are...
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03 December 2012

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...
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30 November 2012 | Learning Disability | Mental Health

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...
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28 November 2012

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...
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22 November 2012

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...
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20 November 2012 | Substance Misuse | Mental Health | Employment

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...
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19 November 2012

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 Hertfordshire service. 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...
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15 November 2012

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. It is...
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14 November 2012

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 available. 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...
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13 November 2012

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...
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31 October 2012

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...
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30 October 2012

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 safe. Essentially...
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29 October 2012 | Mental Health

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...
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25 October 2012

Garrow House wins Independent Secure Provider of the Year Award for 2012

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...
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23 October 2012

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...
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22 October 2012

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...
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19 October 2012

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...
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17 October 2012

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...
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16 October 2012

‘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...
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12 October 2012

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. We need...
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10 October 2012

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....
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10 October 2012

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...
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04 October 2012

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...
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03 October 2012 | Mental Health

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...
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02 October 2012

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...
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01 October 2012

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 Parliament." For the staff...
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27 September 2012

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...
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26 September 2012

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 'responsible capitalism'" Victor writes; "It isn't that business should not make money, but it's...
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25 September 2012

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...
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24 September 2012

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 police. Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point, will lead the Commission together with a number of...
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21 September 2012

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 Healthcare...
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12 September 2012 | Mental Health

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...
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11 September 2012 | Substance Misuse

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...
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06 September 2012

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 impressive victory...
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05 September 2012 | Substance Misuse

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. She says:...
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28 August 2012 | Substance Misuse

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...
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17 August 2012 | Substance Misuse

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 evidence...
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16 August 2012 | Substance Misuse

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...
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26 July 2012 | Substance Misuse | South East England

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...
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24 July 2012 | Mental Health

Government launches Mental Health Implementation Framework

The 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...
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20 July 2012

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 the...
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11 July 2012 | Learning Disability | Mental Health

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 reaching adulthood. 'However, these reforms are meaningless without a proper commitment to funding....
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09 July 2012 | Substance Misuse | Mental Health

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...
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06 July 2012 | Substance Misuse | South West England

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...
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16 May 2012

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...
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14 May 2012

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 opportunity.' He said: 'The Draft Care and Support Bill announced today in the Queen's Speech is encouraging but, at...
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04 May 2012 | Learning Disability

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...
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13 March 2012

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...
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15 February 2012 | Employment

Turning Point comments on new unemployment figures

Commenting on the new unemployment figures, released today, Turning Point's Director of Employment Services, John Mallalieu said; "These rising unemployment figures paint a bleak picture, and particularly for some of the people Turning Point supports. "With large amounts of skilled people now finding themselves out of work too, those who have never...
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15 February 2012 | Substance Misuse

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...
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08 February 2012

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 said: "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...
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24 January 2012 | Employment

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 it's implementation. "Rolling out the Work Programme...
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23 January 2012

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 said: "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...
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09 January 2012 | Substance Misuse

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...
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13 December 2011 | Substance Misuse

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 misuse...
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01 December 2011 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health | Employment | Community Commissioning

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 National Voices. Raising the Bar: Driving Co-production through Clinical Commissioning puts co-production at...
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01 December 2011 | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Turning Point Statement Regarding Government’s Decision to Keep Mobility Component of DLA

Turning Point's Director of Learning Disability Services, Adam Penwarden said; "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 Allowance. "This benefit is integral to the lives of some of...
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24 November 2011

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...
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16 November 2011 | Substance Misuse

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 said; "Turning Point's own services have experienced almost a 40% increase in Ketamine users over the last three years, so this survey very much...
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02 November 2011

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...
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17 October 2011 | Learning Disability | Community Commissioning

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 and...
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17 October 2011 | Substance Misuse

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 Mallalieu said; "Turning Point provides...
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11 October 2011 | Substance Misuse | Mental Health

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 - Catch22...
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06 October 2011 | Substance Misuse

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...
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23 September 2011 | Substance Misuse | East Midlands

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 Management Service...
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05 September 2011 | Substance Misuse | Wales

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...
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14 July 2011 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health | Employment | Community Commissioning

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...
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11 July 2011

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 said; "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...
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05 July 2011

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 Adebowale said; "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 to...
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04 July 2011 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health | Employment | Community Commissioning

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...
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17 June 2011 | Substance Misuse

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...
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13 June 2011

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....
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26 May 2011

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...
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26 May 2011 | Substance Misuse

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...
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05 May 2011 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health | Employment | Community Commissioning

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 Point said: "This far reaching report provides an important foundation for encouraging and supporting integration. This was one of the key issues raised by service...
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14 April 2011 | Mental Health

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 raise awareness,...
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05 April 2011

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...
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28 March 2011 | Mental Health

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 today. Lord...
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14 February 2011

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 welfare system...
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02 February 2011 | Mental Health

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...
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19 January 2011

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 Adebowale said; "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 early intervention....
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19 January 2011

Turning Point Response to Health Select Committee Report on Commissioning

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Damian Green MP visits Turning Point service in Ashford

The Ashford hub is part of Turning Point's East Kent 'Out There Everywhere' service. 'Out There Everywhere' is an integrated drug and alcohol service providing support for individuals with substance misuse issues across East Kent. The service offers a range of therapies which are geared to each individual's specific needs...
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Lord Adebowale takes part in a debate on parity to mark World Mental Health Day

I would like to thank the noble Lords Lord Layard and Earl Howe for bringing this debate on what is a vital issue for not only our health and care system but society more widely. I must firstly declare my interest as the chief Executive of Turning Point and...
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