Patient care remains central to what we do - Aidan

Chief Executive responds to report on mental health services in England

Patient care remains central to what we do - Aidan
16 October 2013

Following a report published today (Wednesday, 16 October) by Community Care regarding mental health services in England, Aidan Thomas, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, made the following statement:

I agree that services are under pressure, both financially and because of increased demand. However, just looking at the number of beds at mental health trusts doesn’t tell the story of the overall system.

Services are changing. In recent times there has been a huge drive towards more community and home-based care, rather than people undergoing long-term acute ward treatment.

Like many other trusts, CPFT has reduced its number of acute beds but at the same time we have focussed our work on early assessment and interventions, and through out Advice and Referral Centre we have made it easier for people to get the help they need.

Also within the last 18 months, we have developed an innovative new approach to acute care with our 3-3-3 wards at the Cavell Centre and at Fulbourn Hospital.

I want to assure patients that we work in partnership with GPs, our commissioners, local authorities and third sector colleagues to ensure they are at the centre of care.

While there are issues on a nationwide level, and there are always things we can do better at the Trust, I am very proud of the services we provide at CPFT.


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