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24/7 mental health crisis team launches in Bucks

The goal is to encourage community based treatment

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:41am 5th February 2020. 3-minute read.

24/7 mental health crisis team launches in Bucks

NHS Oxford Health, which provides services in Buckinghamshire, is launching the service. 

The round-the-clock service will focus on people in crisis, especially those at risk of hospitalisation.

They will offer an immediate assessment and support for people experiencing deteriorating mental health.

One goal is to achieve a more community based solution.

Vivek Khosla, Clinical Director for Buckinghamshire Mental Health Services explains:

"Our preference is for people to get care and intervention in the community and have the hospital being the last resort.

"Part of this is to reduce out of areas placement, when we don't have capacity. In the past we have had to send people out of country, sometimes several hundred miles away which is really not a great experience for patients and their family.

"We clearly want to reduce and eliminate out reliance on that. So one  function of the team is the ensure people can get care in their community and in their homes so there is no or relative need for hospital treatment."

The team plans to rapidly assess people and make decisions with them and their loved ones.

With one option being admission to hospital, but the team will also look at treatment in the community. 

People will be supported by the team until the crisis is resolved and ensure future care is in place.

It will initially be made up of psychiatrists, mental health nurses and social workers but the hopes are for it to expand to include a range of other professions in order to support people in different ways.

Previously, a combination of evening and weekend emergency services with inpatient and community services provided unofficial round the clock care for the county.

Vivek says it is important to have a dedicated 24/7 team:

"People with health problems happen throughout the day. People don't become ill of have a crisis during working hours.

"I think it is really important we can provide a comprehensive service to people throughout the day, seven days a week."


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