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

News item posted: 04 April 2014

On Monday 17 June, Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of leading health and social care organisation Turning Point and Chair of the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing attended the Network Group of the Chairs of the London Mental Health Trusts to discuss the Commission's recently published 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 published on 10 May 2013 and contained 28 recommendations and 12 key findings including the need for the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), the health service and social services to work closer together to support people with mental health issues - particularly relevant given that 1 million Londoners live with mental ill health, ranging from anxiety and depression to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Following the meeting, Dave Mellish, Chair of the London Mental Health Trusts Chairs group said; "The ten London Mental Health Trusts were fully supportive of the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing report and all its recommendations."

Lord Victor Adebowale added; ""I welcome the positive response of the London Mental Health Trust Chairs to the commissions' report, it's all about what happens next. Judging by the reaction this afternoon all the Mental Health Trust Chairs are committed to driving the recommendations in the report forward."

Read the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing report