and crisis resolution reduces inpatient stays by 30 per cent
treatment and crisis resolution mental health teams can reduce the
number of acute psychiatric inpatient admissions by 30 per cent.
This was the figure reported by
South Essex Partnership NHS Trust in a government policy document
emphasising how home treatment and crisis resolution teams should
be “the norm” for mental health services.
The document, published by the National
Institute for Mental Health, stated that, since the introduction
of its home treatment and crisis resolution teams, South
Essex Partnership NHS Trust has been able to close one adult
psychiatric ward of 23 beds and had seen its average psychiatric
bed occupancy drop from 109% to 85%.
The document entitled “10
High Impact Changes for Mental Health Services”, sets
out the government's 10 priorities for "modern” mental
include a "systematic approach to enable the recovery of people
with long term conditions." It lists numerous examples of how
present services are meeting the priorities.
health minister Rosie Winterton said the document offers “practical
changes that professionals can make to improve service delivery,
the treatment and experience of patients, as well as the moral of
National Institute for Mental Health's
High Impact Changes for Mental Health Services document - exec
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