Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) has hosted a delegation of senior Japanese medical directors, chief nurses and officials wanting to learn about mental health care in England, particularly in the community, as part of a major review and reform of Japan’s health system.
The 15-strong delegation spent a morning at C&I’s Highgate Mental Health Centre to hear more about some of the Trust’s key initiatives and to visit a specialist wellbeing clinic and the Occupational Therapy Department.
The group was from the Japan National Health Insurance Clinics and Hospitals Association – the nearest Japan has to the NHS. It was on a fact-finding visit to England to explore potential ways to integrate health and social care.
Caroline Harris-Birtles, C&I’s Director of Nursing, provided an overview of the Trust’s catchment areas and mental health services and colleagues then briefed the group on a number of initiatives and services.
These included the successful roll-out in Islington of GP practice-based mental health teams, and an innovative peer coaching programme providing social, emotional and practical support to service users, by those with “lived experience” who have experienced similar mental health issues.
The Japanese delegation also heard about the profile of dementia in Camden and Islington and how Trust teams are enhancing memory amongst older people.
There was a visit to a wellbeing clinic where, as well as receiving medication related to their mental health condition, service users get support and advice on their physical health.
The Occupational Therapy Department hosted a small group to explain about the part played by occupational and arts therapy in the rehabilitation of service users.
Caroline Harris-Birtles said: “We were delighted to host a visit from senior Japanese colleagues who were keen to hear about new ways of caring for people in the community that incorporates wider support for social needs, not just clinical requirements.
“This was a great opportunity for us to explain some of our successful innovations in delivering primary care and support within the community for our service users’ wider welfare.
“I hope the delegation found it a very useful morning and one that will help shape their thinking with regard to health reform in Japan.”
Following their visit to C&I and other health organisations in England, the Japan National Health Insurance Clinics and Hospitals Association will write up its observations and recommendations in a report that will be submitted to the Japanese health ministry as part of its health review.
Dr Tominaga Yoshinori, leader of the delegation, said: “We had a very interesting and insightful visit to C&I and heard about a number of approaches and programmes supporting delivery of mental health in the community that we will now discuss as to whether they might also be appropriate in our home country.
“In Japan, we are at an important point in reviewing our health system and are very keen to integrate health and social care. What we learned from colleagues at C&I will be very helpful to us as we design our future health care.”
Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust’s Strategic Priorities
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About Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
The Trust was rated ‘Good’ by the CQC at its latest inspection in December 2017. 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 annual income in 2017/18 was around £150 million and we have approximately 2,000 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.
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