CPFT makes new Promise to patients

Scores of organisations asked to sign pledge to improve mental health services

CPFT makes new Promise to patients
07 October 2015

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is to ask scores of other organisations to pledge their support for a new mental healthcare vision.

The Promise Project – devised by Dr Manaan Kar-Ray, clinical director of adult services at CPFT, and expert-by-experience Sarah Rae – restates the Trust’s commitment to helping service-users towards recovery.

At an event in Cambridge ahead of World Mental Health Day, organisations will be asked to sign a charter pledging to work together to improve services. It will also call on all those involved with the care of mental health patients to end the use of physical restraint – a pledge which is already attracting attention from across the world.

Dr Kar Ray said: “We are very excited about the chance to tell a wide range of local and national organisations about the Promise Project. It sets out our key vision for the future of mental healthcare provision in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. But those ideals are not just restricted by local boundaries. We believe they apply nationally and even internationally which is why we’ve already had interest from healthcare providers in the USA and Australia.”

CPFT – which provides mental health and community healthcare service - is working with the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University on a study looking at the impact of restraint on both patients and staff, and how proactive care can be used prevent such situations. Dr Kar-Ray believes the findings could influence patient care across the globe.

He said: “The care of patients with mental health issues has evolved in recent years, and CPFT has led the way.

“As a Trust, our emphasis is on building resilience and supporting recovery of our patients and. Our patients are people first and helping them live lives that are meaningful to them has to come ahead of just treating or managing their symptoms. There is no place in the recovery philosophy for force, so we have vowed to work towards putting an end to the restraint of patients.”

Restraining techniques are considered a last resort in mental health care and are only used by staff to help contain the distress of a patient who is potentially a risk to themselves or others. But the practice – which can include face-down restraint – has come under intense scrutiny.

Sarah Rae, expert-by-experience at CPFT and co-founder of Promise, said: “The aim has been to find out the missed opportunities to help patients before they get to a point where they need to be restrained. We know patients find the practice undignified and demotivating, and staff tell us it doesn’t fit their core values of care and compassion. The Promise Project has also led to changes on our wards, from their look and feel to how we interact with patients. All these chance go a long way to eliminate reliance on the exercise of force.”

CPFT has 20 mental health inpatient wards, many of which offer specialist care for patients regionally and nationally.

The Promise project has been funded and supported by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care East of England (CLAHRC EOE).

It has won support from mental health organisations and local authorities in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and also has the backing of the prestigious Yale University in Connecticut, USA, along with others in Brisbane, Prague and Cape Town as well as the World Psychiatric Association.

Dr Kar-Ray said: “This is not just something we and other Trusts are doing. It is becoming a world-wide movement which will set new standards in the care and support we provide.”

The signing of the Promise Charter will take place at 12.30pm Friday, 9 October at Robinson College, Grange Road, Cambridge, CB3 9AN. Among guest speakers on the day will be representatives of CPFT, Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, Mind, Cambridgeshire Police, University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University.

To find out more visit www.promise.global

For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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