Turning Point Comments on New NHS Operating Framework

News item posted: 04 April 2014

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 is little guidance on 'how' to realise the benefits of integration and very little mention of those who would benefit the most from it, namely those people with the most complex needs.

"People with complex needs often need support around a range of issues such as mental health, substance misuse, housing and employment, and are therefore more at risk of falling through gaps between services.  Complex needs are most prevalent amongst those people living in poorer communities.  At a time when the government is seeking to tackle health inequalities, it is therefore surprising that no real mention is given to this group.

"Turning Point supports the recognition and reflection in this framework that there is 'no health without mental health' and welcomes the particular focus on increasing access to psychological therapies and improving offender health. 

"This, is a positive starting point to move forward from but there is still much work to be done."