Getting a whole system view of mental health services – Debra Gilderdale

In the latest of a series of blogs about the Mental Health Implementation Plan launched earlier this week, the Deputy Director of Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust discusses the development of its First Response service to deliver 24/7 support and tackle its out of area beds crisis.

If you’re working in mental health, February 2014 is one of those key dates that you remember.

It’s when the Crisis Care Concordat was published that outlined a national commitment to giving people the right help, when they are having a mental health crisis.

That’s when we started our journey to redesign mental health services across the Bradford and Airedale districts, to provide urgent care, 24/7, close to home.  March 6 2015 is also a key date for us; it’s when we had our last out-of-area placement.

Read Debra’s blog in full on our mental health section.

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