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Large-scale changes to mental health services are having a negative impact on patient care

Large-scale changes to mental health services are a ‘leap in the dark’ and are having a negative impact on patient care, according to the King's Fund's new briefing on the pressures facing the mental health sector.

Jon Abrams, Redbridge Concern for Mental Health said:

"This report does not come as a surprise especially in light of the recent CQC findings which found only 14% of patients saying that they received appropriate care in a crisis.

"Of course, moving care from the hospital to the community is a good idea. However, part of the problem is that we haven't seen a sustained increase in funding for high quality, community-based services. In fact, in many instances, we have seen valuable services in the community being scaled back."

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No beds in the whole country - mental health services hit a new low

Alex Langford, a psychiatrist has written about his experiences of trying to find a bed for a patient experiencing a mental health crisis.

"I don’t usually talk online about my individual professional experiences. But recently, I found it hard to contain my frustration and sheer disappointment.

"Presented with a patient who needed a bed, there were none in the local area, none in the surrounding areas, and none in the private sector nationwide. Patients like this, wherever they present in the country, have no option but to wait in A+E, or at home, or in a police cell, until appropriate, safe care can be provided. Which is a disgrace.

"But it wasn’t an unusual situation for a UK mental health service. Norfolk and Suffolk have been the only Trust that I know of who’ve been brave enough to
say it publicly, but not being able to find a bed in the whole country is the new baseline for ‘tricky weekend’ in mental health."

You can read the rest of Alex's blog

Help Redbridge Council tackle the Borough's historic financial challenge

Government cuts mean we’ve been left with less money than ever before to provide you with vital services. It’s never been more important to hear your views on where savings can be made and what services you value the most. We won’t be able to protect everything so make sure you tell us what’s important to you.

We are fighting an historic financial challenge due to a programme of austerity cuts forced on us by the Government and huge increases in demand for our services.

Between 2010 and 2018, the Government will have slashed around £100m of our funding, over half of our direct grant. Because of these massive Government cuts, we have to save £58 million over the next three years.

We need each and every one of you to take part in our online budget consultation to help us understand what services matter and what your priorities are for the Borough.

You can find out more and take part in the Redbridge Budget Consultation

Redbridge Fairness Commission: Final Report Launch

Monday 7th December, 7.30pm – 9pm

The Commission heard from a large number of local groups to draw on their perspectives about how to tackle poverty and inequality in the Borough.

The launch event will provide an opportunity to hear from a number of the commissioners themselves about key issues addressed throughout the process and how they hope their recommendations will make a difference. You can download the final report at  
If you would like to attend please book a place here.

The mind set free: arts, humanities and mental health

What can the arts and humanities contribute to our understanding of mental health problems? Niall Boyce, Editor of The Lancet Psychiatry, explores this question at the Bethlem Gallery and Museum of the Mind. 

You can watch the short film on youtube 

Young Adult Carers Training Event

Thursday 10 December 2015

 All staff who work with carers should attend this training, and those providing frontline support to vulnerable young adults aged 14 - 25. If you work with someone who has physical or mental health difficulties, a learning disability, alcohol/substance misuse, is ill, frail or elderly, then it is likely they have a carer. This course will give participants the awareness and skills to support the carer in their caring role and also support them to have a life outside of caring.

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand the caring role and identifying carers
  • The effects of caring on physical,mental and emotional well-being
  • The effects of caring on education and employment – attendance and attainment
  • Understanding of the Care Act 2014and Redbridge Young Carers Protocol
  • What the needs of young adult carers are and how you can support them


This is a free training course, however, if you fail to attend or do not inform us within24 hours that you cannot attend, your organisation will be charged a fee of £20.


Training Room, 5th Floor, 16-20 Clements Road, Ilford IG1 1BA

Organisation: Redbridge Carers Support Service

Have an "invisible" health condition? Tell CQC about your experiences of care services

CQC’s Invisible Conditions Campaign

Nearly one in three people in England have a long term condition, and three in four of those consider their long term conditions to be invisible. Invisible conditions are illnesses that may not be apparent to others, including conditions such as depression, diabetes, heart disease and COPD. 

CQC want to make sure that people living with invisible conditions don’t feel invisible, and to let them know that we value their feedback on the quality and safety of their care. They want to hear their experiences – both good and bad – so that they can ensure health care services are meeting the fundamental standards of care.

Find out more here
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