Turning Point responds to the Crisis Care Concordat

News item posted: 04 April 2014

In response to the 'Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat: Improving outcomes for people experiencing mental health crisis', Dr. Felix Davies, Managing Director for Mental Health Services at Turning Point said;

"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 help and support they need. It is not acceptable that any individual experiencing a mental health crisis is met with anything but the utmost quality of care, support and compassion, as with physical health emergencies. We cannot have parity of esteem without this.

I am particularly in support of local areas committing to their own mental health declaration. National policy must be instigated consistently at a local level in order to see the changes we so clearly need in crisis care. We know from the people we support in our crisis services that they benefit from a needs-led approach and services that prioritise their recovery. Our crisis services are therefore based on Recovery principles, from the ethos of care, to the delivery model and documentation used.

The Concordat clearly shows that joint working is essential to successful and effective support in crisis care; many organisations have a vital role to play and we must prioritise effective joint working to make sure we provide the best possible support to those who need it."