Turning Point responds to HSCIC data on Mental Health Act

News item posted: 17 March 2017

In response to the HSCIC data published for the first time about repeat use of the Mental Health Act, Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point and Chair of the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing said;

"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 an essential step to changing practices on the ground and I am pleased to see this information published for the first time on the repeat use of the Mental Health Act. Services now need to ensure they use this data to respond to the changing needs of the people we support.

This data makes clear that crisis mental health services need to work closely with partner organisations such as the ambulance service and police to ensure people can access and receive the care they need in a timely and safe way. We cannot accept anything less than this."