Turning Point’s Lorraine Moore comments on the interim report by The Commission on the Provision of Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Care for Adults

News item posted: 19 June 2017

Following the publication of the report, Lorraine Moore, Mental Health Lead at Turning Point, said:

“We welcome the interim findings of this report and the focus this brings to the importance of people getting the right support. It is shocking that ‘92% of wards surveyed are treating patients who could have been treated by other services if they had been available.’ There are no easy solutions but we agree a whole system approach is necessary and long overdue.

“We sometimes risk over-relying on hospital beds when in fact there is a whole range of community alternatives to support people available, which sometimes go under used. Any proposals to improve acute adult psychiatric care must involve the vital contribution made by non-statutory providers which can support both earlier intervention which reduces the need for inpatient admissions, and quicker step down support, out of hospital and into community settings.”