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Jim Symington talking at todays Mental Health Crisis Care about making the concordat a reality

Jim opened his presentation by saying there are 22 national bodies that are  involved in health policing social care housing local government and mind. Mind is working on behalf of the concordat partners to help make concordat a reality.

The Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat is a national agreement between services and agencies involved in the care and support of people in crisis. It sets out how organisations will work together better to make sure that people in crisis receive urgent mental health care.

In February 2014, 22 national bodies involved in health, policing, social care, housing, local government and the third sector came together and signed the concordat. It focuses on four main areas: access to support before crisis point; urgent and emergency access to crisis care; quality of treatment and care when in crisis; and recovery and staying well.

Work is now underway to ensure that local declarations are made across England. Once local declarations have been made they are submitted to the concordat website, which includes a map showing where progress has been made. The 22 national signatories and Ministers expect localaties to develop an action plan that sets out in detail how they will continuously improve support for people in mental health crisis.

Jim said he wants to work with 111 despite a lot of people not liking it!

Jim said that he is hoping the Joint statement will be in place by the end of 2014 and working on an action plan-for working together.

Jim concluded his presentation saying that we need the same approach as cancer- through NICE!


The 'Mental Health Crisis Concordat' - Please visit the website to support your local Declaration and action plan :

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Download: Jim Symington Presentation

17 October 2014


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