Camden and Islington NHS Mental Health Trust (C&I) is to partner with neighbouring mental health trust, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey, (BEH), to carry out a joint review of how we, as key providers, can maximise capacity and impact and improve, still further, the mental health care that we provide.
It’s expected that the review will start in April and report back late summer. C&I Chair, Jackie Smith, will chair the review and Jinjer Kandola, BEH’s CEO will be the chief executive lead for the review.
This project is a vital part of the NHS’s overarching, long-term plan for mental health. By strengthening the way our two trusts collaborate, we will have a much better chance of reducing variation and inequality in the care we give.
We look forward to providing further updates on our website in the coming weeks and months.
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.