Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP praised Trust staff during a visit on Thursday 17 November, saying they were doing “an incredible job”.
During a round table discussion with Mr Hunt, staff from a range of services described the daily challenges they face, as well as their successes in delivering excellent and innovative care.
Earlier, Trust Chief Executive, Angela McNab, outlined our commitment to early intervention and cutting edge research, as well as the increasingly joined-up care we offer to tackle both mental and physical health conditions.
She told Mr Hunt about the Trust’s plans to transform its ageing St Pancras site – a proposal which has won commitment in the recently-published Sustainability and Transformation Plan. Plans would entail developing the site, in conjunction with Moorfields, to make the mental health care provided, and the environment in which it is delivered, fit for the 21st century and beyond.
Deputy Chief Executive, Andy Stopher, and Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Ian Prenelle, outlined the groundbreaking work already underway to treat the physical and mental health of people with a diagnosis of psychosis in order to reduce the suicide rate in this group by 20% in the next five years.
The final stop on Mr Hunt’s visit was to our iCope service which offers evidence-based psychological therapies for people with depression, anxiety or other mental health problems. As well as talking to a service user and staff, he heard iCope lead, Judy Leibowitz, describe how the service was increasingly going out into the community to make contact with hard-to-reach groups, such as young people, our BME communities and middle-aged white men.
Mr Hunt said: “Staff at Camden and Islington Foundation Trust deal with some of the NHS’s most vulnerable patients every day. These individuals rightly expect the best possible quality of care and services and I really appreciate the efforts I’ve seen here today to create a safe and caring environment, where patients are treated with dignity and respect.”
About Camden and Islington NHS Trust
We provide mental health and substance misuse services to people living in Camden and Islington, and a substance misuse and psychological therapies service to residents in Kingston.
We have two inpatient facilities, at Highgate Mental Health Centre and St Pancras Hospital, as well as community based services throughout the London boroughs of Camden and Islington. Our Trust is also a member of University College London Partners (UCLP), one of the world’s leading academic health science partnerships.
We provide services for adults of working age, adults with learning difficulties, and older people in the London area either in a community or inpatient setting.
Our income for 2015/16 was £138 million and we have approximately 1,700 staff. Our staff work in multi-disciplinary teams providing a holistic approach to recovery. This means that we often work with partner agencies and the voluntary sector.
Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust was established in 2002. In March 2008 we became the first Care Trust to achieve Foundation Trust status and are licensed by NHS Improvement.