The work of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Barnsley Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust – has been highlighted as good practice following a report issued by the Care Quality Commission Today (Friday 12 June).
The report looked at the area of Barnsley as a case study and showed the Trust and its partners were ‘committed to working together to achieve the best outcomes for people.’ Staff across all three organisations were also praised for their ‘willingness to develop and provide services for people in crisis’ and their on-going commitment and dedication to their roles and responsibilities.
The Right Here, Right Now report took a closer look at the help, care and support people receive during a mental health crisis. The news comes following a separate CQC investigation which has shown that not all mental health services across the UK are meeting the standards expected.
Chief Executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Steven Michael OBE said “It is important that services work together to meet the needs of people in mental health crisis and I am pleased to see that the report highlights the on-going commitment locally to provide effective and compassionate support.
“As the provider of mental health services in the area, we offer a recovery focussed approach to help people live well in their community and work collaboratively with our partners in health and social care to support people to access the services they need, when they need them.”
Diane Wake, Chief Executive at Barnsley Hospital, added: “We are proud to work in partnership with South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Yorkshire Ambulance Service to provide much needed quality care for patients in mental health crisis.
“The report highlights the success of this partnership and we will continue to work together to improve and develop mental health services.”
Dr Philip Foster, Associate Medical Director at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust said: “The teamwork between our staff, mental health professionals and the police has been excellent and we have now introduced mental health nurses into our emergency operations centre to provide dedicated support and further improve patient care. We are pleased to have been part of this partnership work which has been praised by the CQC.”
The full report can be viewed on the CQC website.