Mental health services first launched by CPFT to be rolled out nationwide

CEO Tracy Dowling welcomes Chancellor's £2bn spending plan

Mental health services first launched by CPFT to be rolled out nationwide
29 October 2018

Mental health services put in place by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust are to be rolled out across the country, it was announced in today's Budget.

Chancellor Philip Hammond said £2 billion of funding over the next five years would mean measures first trialled by CPFT - 24/7 mental health support in A&Es and a mental health crisis line along with "safe havens", which are run locally as part of a link-up with Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind, will now be made available across England.

CPFT CEO Tracy Dowling said: “We welcome the Chancellor’s announcement around the increase in funding for mental health.

"For too long, funding for mental health has not kept pace with demand. 

“Particularly welcome are the announcements for funding for core community based mental health services, and funding to support specialist crisis services for children and young people.

"We will await the full details with interest and I also hope there will be investment in the training, development and recruitment of specialist frontline staff to deliver these services.

“We’re very proud at CPFT that innovative measures that we have put in place – our First Response Service, a 24-hour hotline for those in mental health crisis available via the NHS 111 helpline and the 24/7 mental health support we offer to patients at our local acute hospitals, along the Sanctuary safe havens run by Mind in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – will now be rolled out across the country.

“While there is still a long way to go, today’s announcement appears to be a step in the right direction and we look forward to learning about the detail so we can secure investment that is much needed in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.”


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