Continued investment in emergency mental health services welcome

16 July 2019

Responding to the announcement that specialist mental health crisis teams now operate in every major A&E, the director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers, Miriam Deakin said:

“We are pleased to see the progress that has been made in expanding liaison services to ensure that patients with mental health needs are treated by specialists in emergency departments.

There is significant unmet need and expertise is required, not just in acute settings but right across the system.

Miriam Deakin    Director of Policy and Strategy

“This is particularly welcome given that our recent report, Mental health services: addressing the care deficit, identified how demand for these services is outstripping supply. There is significant unmet need and expertise is required, not just in acute settings but right across the system.

“The continuing increased investment in these services is therefore welcome.

They need the right investment and workforce in order to genuinely meet the needs of mental health patients who seek treatment during a crisis.

Miriam Deakin    Director of Policy and Strategy

“It is vital that these services are adequately resourced. They need the right investment and workforce in order to genuinely meet the needs of mental health patients who seek treatment during a crisis. Capital investment is also needed to ensure the environment in A&E is safe and supports appropriate care, assessment and treatment.

“It is also vital that providers and commissioners work together to ensure joined-up care across all pathways.”

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