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"I want staff to have more conversations with me to get to know me and understand me better so that my plan is about me not just my illness"

Clinical Strategy

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) is the major provider of mental health and substance misuse services in the boroughs of Camden and Islington. C&I also delivers services in Kingston-upon-Thames.

This Clinical Strategy reflects an holistic approach of promoting health and wellbeing by considering mind, body, family, friends, community and environment. We recognise that health and wellbeing are shaped by individual characteristics, lifestyle choices and environmental influences. Instead of attempting to fix people and their problems, or do things to them rather than with them, our recovery-orientated services look at individual needs and help people reach their potential. We will provide services that are accessible, person-centred and responsive to the often complex needs of individuals.

The main determinants of health are socio-economic. In order to promote good health, prevent ill health and reduce inequalities in health, C&I will work with its partner organisations to act on these social determinants that are likely to impair people’s health.

The NHS is facing multiple challenges including severe financial constraints, increasing demand, higher expectations of quality and increasing regulation. This strategy is a vision for the transformation of mental health and substance misuse services to address these challenges.

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