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NELFT's Brookside mental health unit to temporarily close following CQC inspection

Following a CQC inspection of Brookside in April, NELFT's adolescent mental health unit has been temporarily closed. A CQC spokesman, according to a report in the Ilford Recorder said: “Immediately after the inspection we wrote to the Chief Executive of NELFT passing on our preliminary findings.”

“We are aware that the trust is taking action to address our immediate concerns. We will continue to monitor the trust. If we had any further concerns, we do have the power to take urgent action.”

He said a full report of the inspection setting out its findings would be published “in due course”.

A Statement on the
NELFT Website said: "Whilst we have seen significant improvements, we have residual concerns and these were supported by our recent CQC inspection.

"We have therefore taken the decision to temporarily close Brookside and provide an alternative offer to young people and their families. The plan is to re-open the unit as soon as further improvements have been made."

Mental health services turn away 23% of under-18s referred to them

Mental health services turn away nearly a quarter of the children and young people who come to them for help, new research has revealed.

A report from the think tank CentreForum shows that mental healthcare providers refuse to treat an average of 23% of under-18s referred to them by concerned parents, GPs, teachers and others.

The analysis also reveals that the longest waiting times endured by users of child and adolescent mental health services have doubled in the last two years, with waiting times of up to two and a half years reported.

The former mental health minister Norman Lamb, who chairs CentreForum’s commission on child and adolescent mental health, said the findings went against what was known about the importance of early intervention. “Intervening early can prevent a condition reaching crisis point,” he said.

“This is a scandal which has existed for too long. It is unacceptable. If we are to finally achieve equality between physical and mental health, as the government has argued for, these shortcomings must be addressed urgently.”

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Equality and Diversity and Human Rights Inclusion Conference

Tuesday 17 May 2016, 9:00am to 5pm

At this conference, we will consider the importance of inclusivism and human rights with regards to fellow staff members and also in terms of the dignity and care of our patients.

Key note speakers

  • Bob Champion, Executive Director of Workforce and Operational Development
  • Assistant Director Adults Mental Health and Learning Disability – HaveringWellington Makala
  • Paul Deemer Head of Diversity and Inclusion – NHS Employers
  • Employers Network for Equality & InclusionMember Engagement Manager Maxine Hurley
  • Jacqueline Onalo Human right Lawyer
The conference is open to all and is hosted by NELFT.

You can book a place here:
http://bit.ly/1s2JhyJ

For more information please contact Michael.beackon@nelft.nhs.uk

Venue: CEME Conference Centre, Marsh Way, Rainham, Essex, RM13 8EU

Health & Wellbeing Workshop
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 - 11:00 to 13:00

Ilford Islamic Centre, Albert Road, IG1 1HW

This event builds on previous workshops. It aims to further increase understanding of wellbeing and awareness of the issues surrounding mental distress with contributions from those who have lived experience.

  • How can we care for ourselves & support others to maintain wellbeing?
  • How can we stop the stigma of mental illness?

Session organised by Redbridge Faith Forum and Redbridge Concern for Mental Health

For more information, and to reserve your FREE place contact Karen or Saira:

A new guide on education, training and employment options for disabled people

Disability Rights UK has published a new guide, endorsed by Professor Dame Carol Black, for people who acquire a disability or health condition and are exploring their education, training and employment options.

Get back to where we do belong includes information on what to expect from employers; advice and signposting on careers, education, training opportunities and welfare benefits; coping strategies and resilience. Personal stories are used throughout the guide.

"This document should find its place on every employer’s and manager’s desk, or better, in their pocket.” Professor Dame Carol Black (Department of Health’s Expert Advisor on improving the welfare of working people).

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