05 December 2012

Improving mental health services

AWP welcomes NHS Bristol's publication of the results of its consultation into the future of mental health services in the city.

The results can be found on NHS Bristol's website at:

Having been an active participant in the consultation, we want to deliver as early as possible, the anticipated benefits.

We will do this by strengthening relationships with commissioners, the clinical commissioning group, GPs, service users and carers.  We will work with partners in the voluntary and other sectors to help deliver better value for money through an effective network of care which enables smaller organisations to provide more local, personalised support.

Effective staff involvement, strong clinical leadership and responsive, locally managed services will deliver the quality of services that we would want for our families.  The benefits of this approach are being seen in the work done by director  Malcolm Sinclair and local clinicians who, for example are starting to work with GPs to simplify and improve referral and access routes within our services.

Bristol is very important to AWP, not just because of the services we  provide but because of the benefit mental health can bring to the wider system, links we have with the Universities, the opportunities for the professional development for our staff and our desire to build services which are responsive to the diverse needs of the different communities we serve.

Our goal is to be a major provider in a whole network of mental health services in the city for many years to come.

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