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CPFT Chief Executive praises NHS Long-Term Plan

Tracy Dowling pleased with commitment to extra funds for community care and young people's mental health

CPFT Chief Executive praises NHS Long-Term Plan
07 January 2019

The Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has praised the NHS Long-Term Plan which has been published today (7 January).

Tracy Dowling said she was pleased the plan focuses on several key areas including extra funding for community services and young people's mental health, and also includes commitments to recruiting more staff and implementing the use of technology to improve patient care.

Tracy said: “We welcome the increased focus and funding for community health services and mental health. We are especially pleased to see more support for young people’s mental health where additional resources for core services and those that support the transition to adult services are much needed.

“At CPFT we continue to successfully integrate physical and mental health services and some of the initiatives we have developed – a 24-hour mental health crisis care line and improved support in our local A and E departments – are now being adopted across the country.

“But what will really be key will be the details of the 10-year plan and how they will translate to front-line care.

“We need to focus on workforce recruitment and development in order to meet the growing healthcare demands of our population, and to embrace how new technologies can help us all be healthier and access services in new ways.

“It is great to see the priorities in the plan support us in addressing these issues.”

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services and community physical health services for older people and those with long-term conditions as well as social care and children's community health services in Peterborough.

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For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Media Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 219467

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