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Mental illness services pilot announced

20th December 2012

The government has unveiled plans to improve access to psychological therapies for people with severe mental illnesses.


Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said six local projects are under way.

All sites are recognised as leaders in the mental health field and have been chosen to implement the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence’s recommended psychological therapies.

Mr Lamb said: “For too long people with the most severe mental illnesses and personality disorders have suffered from poor care, or have been over prescribed anti-psychotic medications.

“We are prioritising mental health like never before, making sure that it sits on par with physical health.

“We want to see massive improvements in treatment for people with severe mental illnesses, including with better access to psychological therapies. I am looking forward to seeing the results of our pilots and an improvement in care for those most in need.”

The six chosen sites will each focus on three areas: psychosis, personality disorders and bipolar disorder.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Lancashire Care Foundation Trust – Early Intervention Service will concentrate on psychosis; Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Barnet, Enfield, and Haringey NHS Foundation Trust, and North East London Foundation Trust will focus on personality disorders; and Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust and Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research, Lancaster University will take bipolar disorder.

Some £1.2m will be made available in 2013/14 to help these trusts share information with other health organisations about how they deliver the best treatments that lead to improved patient choice and recovery.


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