C&I staff were praised for their hard work, commitment and their vision and innovation at the Trust's Annual Members' Meeting.
Our guest speaker, Claire Murdoch NHS England and Improvement National Mental Health Director, spoke about her long association with mental health services in north London and how proud she was of the way they had developed over the years. She encouraged everyone to look to the future of mental health services and consider how our services can be expanded and developed in future.
She said: "Thank you for what you have done, thank you for what you are going to do, and please stay relentlessly focussed on expansion and reaching out to people, in the way that Camden and Islington has always done."
The event was hosted by our Chair Jackie Smith, who also took the opportunity to praise staff and thank everyone at the Trust, and our partners, for their work.
Our Chief Executive, Angela McNab, spoke about our achievements during the year. Presentations also included our experience of the Covid-19 pandemic, our plans for the future and our financial position.
Our lead Governor, Professor Wendy Savage, gave a summary of the work of the Governors this year.
C&I has moved the service we normally offer in emergency departments to our 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service, at St Pancras Hospital. The service will see people in need of urgent care so that they do not have to go to a hospital emergency department unless they have an urgent medical need. Emergency departments are under unprecedented pressure due to COVID-19 – the illness caused by coronavirus. We are urging people in mental health crisis to telephone our 24/7 crisis line on 0800 917 3333 or contact their usual community mental health team. If service users attend the 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service in person we will see you but we urge you to contact the crisis line in advance for advice to ensure you are only leaving home when absolutely necessary.