Steve Double MP welcomes Department of Health award of nearly £1.5m funding to RCHT for Mental Health Hub

Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Mental Health and Inequalities Jackie Doyle-Price of the awarding of nearly £1.5m to set up a Mental Health Hub in Cornwall.

Announced today, the award is the largest given to any single project in the country.

This project aims to co-locate ‘Integrated Multi-Agency Prevention and Assessment of Crisis Teams’ (IMPACT), bringing together a number of statutory and non-statutory services in a modular building housed on the Royal Cornwall Hospitals site. From this modular ‘hub’, the RHCT Safeguarding team will develop their integrated approach to care, delivering a responsive, stream-lined service to people who are vulnerable to, experiencing, or recovering from mental health crisis.

Co-located services will include (but are not limited to): safeguarding (adults, children and midwifery), psychiatric liaison, complex care and dementia, social care teams, addaction (drug and alcohol services), Shelter (housing), SEAP (advocacy services), peri-natal mental health, child and adolescent mental health services, and Police. They will provide opportunities for rapid assessment, expert advice, and support and care planning, in order to reduce frequent attendances at A&E, and avoid the need for admission in acute mental health settings during work hours.

Commenting, Steve said:

“Coming after the success of Mental Health Awareness Week last week, I welcome this specific further funding commitment from the Government to provide a dedicated Mental Health Hub for Cornwall.”

“This Government has already done a lot for mental health provision in Cornwall with the recent commencement of the building of the new inpatient facility for young people with mental health issues and I am pleased to see the positive steps continue with today’s announcement.”

“Along with my Cornwall MP colleagues I will continue to do all I can to ensure that mental health awareness and treatment remains a priority in Cornwall and to this government.”