Leading MP praises mental health service

Box Tree Farm exterior - compressedA leading MP has praised a Leicestershire service for providing a “massively valuable resource” for people living with mental health problems.

Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat health spokesman and Member of Parliament for North Norfolk, visited the Leicestershire Crisis House which is operated by national mental health charity Richmond Fellowship, part of Recovery Focus. Read more

Recovery Focus responds to BBC report

Recovery Focus reacts to the BBC News and Community Magazine investigation into mental health patients in England travelling hundreds of miles because of a lack of local hospital beds.

Through a Freedom of Information request the BBC found that nearly 5,500 mental health patients had to travel out of their area last year because of a lack of local hospital beds,  a 13% rise on the previous year’s figure. Read more

Five Year Forward View for Mental Health


Responding to today’s ‘Five Year Foward View for Mental Health’ report Recovery Focus Chief Executive Derek Caren had this to say:

“Today Recovery Focus welcomes the Mental Health Taskforce’s report and recommendations. We are particularly pleased to see people who use services at the heart of the recommendation to design and deliver new and innovative mental health services through co-production. Read more

Recovery Focus responds to Lord Crisp Report

Today Recovery Focus responds to the Commission headed by Lord Crisp on Acute Adult Psychiatric Care report on ways to improve acute psychiatric care for adults in England.

Derek Caren, Chief Executive of Recovery Focus, said in response:

“We agree with the reports findings that access to acute care for severely ill adult mental health patients is inadequate nationally. We feel there needs to be further investment to back community schemes like our crisis houses that can enable people to be supported locally.” Read more

Voluntary sector offering a better financial and humane solution

Voluntary sector alternatives to psychiatric wards are a more humane and cost effective solution according to research published in a leading medical journal.

The article published in Healthcare Counselling & Psychotherapy Journal outlines research conducted by Recovery Focus, the new national group of mental health and substance support charities, who’ve worked to pioneer alternatives to traditional psychiatric wards. Read more

Recovery Focus present at NSPA Conference

Recovery Focus is to present a workshop at the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) Conference entitled, ‘how the voluntary sector collaborates to help people get the right help in a crisis’ today (Tuesday 2 February).
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Grazina Berry, Recovery Focus group director of performance, quality and innovation, and Christine Laurence, Locality Manger for Leicestershire, will be addressing conference delegates and sharing information on our crisis model and our successful place of safety scheme held in conjunction with the Home Office.

We will also be sharing the stories of Harry and Sarah who both accessed our crisis house in Leicestershire when facing a mental health crisis as an alternative to hospitalisation.

Grazina Berry said: “We’re very proud to be presenting at the NSPA conference on the work we do around helping people to get the right help in a crisis” Read more

Prime Minster’s mental health announcement

Reacting to the Prime Minister’s announcement on mental health today, Recovery Focus CEO Derek Caren said:

“We welcome the Prime Minister’s calls for a ‘mental health revolution in Britain’. While the extra investment in mental health announced today is much needed and supported, we’d call for clarification from the Government about whether this is the same as or additional funding to that announced in the October Spending Review so we’re all clear about how much is being spent how.

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Derby mental health service receives dignity award

A mental health service in Derby has been recognised by the City Council for its work in promoting dignity for people with mental health problems.

Trevayler, a mental health service run by Richmond Fellowship, part of Recovery Focus the national group of mental health and substance misuse charities, supports people with mental health problems through supported living and a short term crisis house. Read more

Recovery Focus takes success to national crisis care summit

Recovery Focus’ pilot scheme to trial an alternative ‘place of safety’ to police custody for individuals in mental distress has been hailed a success by an independent evaluation.

Recovery Focus is publicising the report to coincide with the second annual Crisis Care Concordat Summit which takes place in London tomorrow. (24 Nov)

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