Turning Point's Managing Director for Mental Health supports findings of Independent Commission chaired by Lord Crisp

News item posted: 09 February 2016

In response to today’s report from the Commission to review the provision of acute inpatient psychiatric care for adults, John Campbell, Turning Point's Managing Director for Mental Health said:

‘This is yet another report highlighting the unacceptable disparity between physical and mental health services. For too long people experiencing acute mental health conditions have been faced with a limited, pressurised service that is no longer fit for purpose. This will only change if there is full scale system change to ensure that people receive the support they need, when and where they need it.

‘This report and the recommendations made by Lord Crisp draw much welcome attention to inpatient acute care, the fact that community provision, in particular alternatives to inpatient admission, are sadly lacking and that the solution is not necessarily an increase in bed numbers.

‘The report recognises the role of non-statutory providers and highlights the importance of partnership between the NHS and others to develop positive pathways locally. My hope is that commissioners take on board the recommendations in this report and work with the breadth of organisations working in the sector to reform acute mental health provision so that it is fit for the future.’