All Party Parliamentary Group for Dual Diagnosis and Complex Needs: call for evidence

News item posted: 19 June 2017

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Dual Diagnosis and Complex Needs is working with the Office for Civil Society to gather evidence around how social action can drive better services for people with complex needs, for example by improving outcomes, preventing crisis, reducing stigma or developing more responsive joined up services.

The evidence will be presented at a roundtable event in June, chaired by the Minister for Civil Society, and will bring together leaders from across the health and social care system.

A report will be published at the end of the summer along with a short film to show case best practice examples identified through the review.

Lord Victor Adebowale, co-chair of the APPG, said: ‘People with multiple needs affecting their physical, mental, social or financial wellbeing often face greater barriers throughout their life. As the APPG has continually found, people with complex needs can remain at the sharp end of the inverse care law – requiring the most support, but receiving the least. We hope this call for evidence will bring to light ways in which social action, whether than be formal volunteering, peer support, mutual aid or cooperatively managed services can break down those barriers.’

The call for evidence runs until 20th May 2017 and is open to everyone. If you have personal experience of these issues or know of relevant examples, submit your evidence to