Rachael Maskell MP visits Yorkshire Women’s Service, Garrow House

News item posted: 17 March 2017

On Wednesday 15th February, Rachael Maskell MP visited Garrow House, a women’s service run by Turning Point and The Retreat through the Northern Pathways joint venture, as well as Leeds & York NFS Partnership Foundation Trust.

On Wednesday 15th February, Rachael Maskell MP visited Garrow House, a women’s service run by Turning Point, The Retreat and Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust through the Northern Pathways joint venture.

Garrow House is a Tier 4 Personality Disorder service for women commissioned by NHS England, providing support for women with a diagnosis of Personality Disorder. The service is designed around women’s individual needs so that they can achieve recovery on their own terms.

Support comes in different forms including group support, 1:1 sessions, and a dedicated service user involvement worker to help promote the principles of recovery and collaboration.

Rachael Maskell, MP for York Central, said: ‘It was very encouraging to see support available to women with personality disorders which empowers them to achieve recovery and live independently in their communities. I am very proud of all the members of staff who work very hard to support local women. As with all health services, York faces real challenges to recruit nursing staff due to the cost of living in the city, especially at a time when nurses pay has fallen by 14% in real terms since 2010 and the scrapping of the nurses bursary scheme is proving to be a barrier to training new nurses.’

Jill Moxham, Operations Manager at Garrow House said: ‘Following a tour of the service Rachel met with women using the service and members of staff. Rachel has a strong interest in local mental health services, and it’s great to hear that she is keen to take forward ideas and suggestions from the service to the Minister of Health.’

For more information on the service, and to find out how you can get a referral, visit: /garrow-house-yorkshire-womens-service-northern-pathways.aspx.