Turning Point acts as the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis (APPG). The APPG was established in 2007 in recognition of the fact that people seeking help often have a number of over-lapping needs including challenges around access to housing, employment opportunities, mental health services or substance misuse support.


The APPG is working with the Office for Civil Society looking for evidence around how social action (e.g. peer support, community-led initiatives, involving people with lived experience in service design) can drive better services for people with complex needs e.g. by improving outcomes, preventing crisis, reducing stigma or developing more responsive joined up services.

The call for evidence is open until 20th May 2017.

Please note: Parliament is expected to be dissolved on Wednesday 3 May, during this time the APPG will not be active, but the call for evidence deadline remains the 20 May.

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Further information about the call for evidence, ways to contribute and specific topics we are interested in.

In most cases each service is administered by separate service providers. The result is that people with multiple or complex needs fall through the gaps in service provision. Providers recognise that the best model for helping those individuals with a dual diagnosis of complex needs is through an integrated service that aims to address all of the issues they face.

Through its work the APPG seeks to ensure that the needs of this group remain on the political agenda and a priority for decision makers. This is increasingly important given the rising number of people with co-morbidities, new models of integrating health and social care, and increasing devolution.

Since its formation, the APPG has met to discuss a breadth of issues including; mental health and the criminal justice system; looked after children and care leavers; sex workers; Women; Veterans; and legal highs.

To inform our discussions with parliamentarians the APPG is publishing a range of factsheets informed by our stakeholders:

The Group is Co-Chaired by Lord Victor Adebowale CBE and David Burrowes MP for Enfield.

Lord Victor Adebowale

Lord Victor Adebowale is Chief Executive of Turning Point, he is a Non-Executive Director of NHS England and the Co-operative Group and has more than 25 years’ experience in the health, social care and housing sector. In 2000 he was awarded the CBE for services to the New Deal, the unemployed and homeless young people and was appointed as a cross bench peer in 2001. He has been co-chair of the APPG since its formation in 2007.

David Burrowes

David Burrowes was elected to Parliament in 2005 and has a special interest in drug and alcohol addiction issues and a wider interest in social justice. He is the constituency MP for Enfield, Southgate. In July 2015, he became a member of the Home Affairs Committee. He became co-chair for the APPG on Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis in 2010.

Officers and Members of the APPG 2016/2017

All meetings are by invitation only.

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