Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, praised Trust staff during a visit on Monday 28 November, saying they were doing “an amazing job”.
Mr Corbyn said: “I was very impressed by the essential work staff are doing to help some of the most vulnerable members of our society.
During the visit, Trust Chief Executive, Angela McNab, outlined our plans to transform the Trust’s 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.
Next 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 two service users 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 individuals with long-term physical health conditions.
Final stop on Mr Corbyn’s visit was to the Trust’s Traumatic Stress Clinic where heard about our work with asylum seekers, veterans, and those diagnosed with traumatic stress disorder as a result of sexual or physical abuse.
Mr Corbyn said: “It is very difficult times we are in and such services are needed more than ever.”
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.