7 March 2016
Alistair Burt, MP, Minister of State for Community and Social Care, has visited Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) to hear first-hand from health professionals and patients about its world-class, innovative and person-centred approach to mental healthcare.
Mr Burt spent more than two hours at C&I’s main St Pancras Hospital site, north London, for a tour of some of the trust’s specialist services, including its expert work in the fields of traumatic stress, mental health crisis, recovery and psychological therapies.
C&I is a nationally-renowned mental health trust, with a strong profile in research, education and training, serving an area with a large and diverse immigrant population speaking more than 290 languages and with a large and transient young adult population.
Its catchment area has some of the highest needs for mental health services within the UK, with a high prevalence of psychotic and non-psychotic mental health problems.
Leisha Fullick, C&I Chair, hosted Mr Burt’s visit, with Non-Executive Director, Angela Harvey, and Chief Executive, Wendy Wallace. Wendy said: “The Minister demonstrated a real interest in the innovative work being done at the trust, as well as in our plans for the future, including the possible re-development of the site.
“We were able to showcase the care we provide for people away from hospital and closer to home, as well as the work we are doing to address people’s physical, alongside their mental health needs.
“Crucially, the Minister was able to hear directly from users of our services about their recovery journey and what they found most beneficial.”
Mr Burt said: “Mental health services have progressed a great deal in the last few years, and the work I saw gives me further hope for the future.
“It was a real privilege to meet staff and students at the trust, and I am also especially grateful to Neil and Rachel for sharing their experiences of the life-changing support they received here.”
During his tour of C&I’s main site, the Minister:
For further information on any of the above, including interviews with clinicians or service users :Please contact Jon Salmon, Communications Manager, at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust on 020 3317 6291 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About Camden and Islington NHS Trust
We provide mental health and substance misuse services to people living in Camden and Islington, substance misuse services to Westminster, 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 2014/15 was £141million 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 Monitor.