The first of its kind hub for the county was made possible after NHS Kernow, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT), Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFT) and Cornwall Council were awarded nearly £1.5 million of funding from the Department of Health and Social Care (DOHSC) for the initiative, following a successful bid endorsed by Cornwall’s Crisis Care Concordat Steering Group.
The cash boost will mean that experts from Addaction (drug and alcohol services), housing, advocacy services, perinatal mental health, child and adolescent mental health services, safeguarding (adults, children and midwifery), psychiatric liaison, complex care and dementia and Devon and Cornwall Police, who work with people at risk, in or recovering from mental health crisis, will be based in one place.
The hub is a professional working environment and not public-facing. It will allow the co-located teams to provide rapid assessment, advice and support as well as planning for future care requirements with the aim of improving the person’s outcomes and avoid the need for admission to acute mental health settings, as well as helping to reduce attendances to the emergency department.
Lerryn Hogg, advanced nurse for mental health and complex cases at RCHT, said:
“We are so proud and excited to have been shortlisted for the Nursing Times Awards. RCHT safeguarding services are passionate about the services we deliver. The team is made up of staff from RCHT and colleagues from Addaction, independent advocacy charity SeAp, Safer Futures and Dementia UK. We also work in close partnership with our colleagues in CFT, the Police and third sector services.
“Each member of the team is committed to providing the best possible care to our patients and to support the staff we work alongside. We were overjoyed to have been awarded the Department of Health and Social Care’s Beyond Places of Safety scheme which allowed us to make our vision for integrated safeguarding a possibility and to have this recognised nationally is the icing on the cake.”
Dr Paul Cook, NHS Kernow’s clinical lead for mental health, said:
“Health and care partners are committed to working together to ensure that mental health services in Cornwall are joined up so that we can better meet the needs of vulnerable people with complex mental health issues. Everyone was delighted that by working together we were able to secure the funding for the clinical hub and to see that work is beginning to gather momentum and is being recognised by the Nursing Times is very rewarding for everyone involved.”
The Nursing Times Awards recognise those making nursing an innovative, patient-focused and inclusive profession, highlighting excellence in a wide range of nursing specialties. The team will now go on to present to judges at the head office of Nursing Times ahead of the awards ceremony in October in London.