Removal of staff from day centres in Cornwall... Your help needed

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RayJ

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The saga of Cornwall's mental health day centres continue. There is still no formal consultations and staff and management do not seem to know what is going on.

The management of Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust seem set to withdraw staff from the first of September. It seems as if someone had a brainstorm and just came up with the idea of de-staffing the centres, never mind the consequences.

Staff at the centres have no idea what is happening. Clients have no idea what is happening, most of them have lost their care-cordinators, with no consultation or what they should do if they find themselves in a crisis.

Before the Trust went to Foundation status, consulting was very high up their agenda, now it's near non existent. We have seen more police involvement, more trips to A & E. To what degree this is happening across Cornwall would be good to find out.

Could I please ask you all to monitor your area's and to report back, either here or via www.suncornwall.com any loss of service, any changes, defeceit of service, finding it hard to get in contact with MH services. Anyone who has been at risk of harm to self or others, did they receive help and/or support right away.

We are putting a case together for the Quaility Commission, so the more details anyone can send, the better.

Vulnerable people need much better facilities and support, so please help us to fight for them.
 
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The latest position..... it's been scrapped at present. After all the anxiety and tears, Managers have now withdrawn their closure's. They are even saying this isn't what was meant..... strange so many people heard the Cheif Executive and a Senior Manager say that " All centres would close unless Service Users set up Social Enterprises or The Third Sector ran them". The centres in Falmouth and Truro were to close fairly quickly and if the other eight didn't take control of themselves, then they would close, because the staff were being withdrawn.

The staff were to be re-deployed to housing support and some members had to go on training course.

I am thankful the decision has been reversed, but it did send a lot of people into suicidal mode.

This is why it is so important for Service User Involvement to take place BEFORE planning commences.

But it is nice to report some positive comments.


Hugs to ALL
 
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That is good news, of course PCT policies should state they have to consult stake holders/service users on changes to services, which they rarely do. If they try it again consult a specialist solicitor, file for a judicial review.
 
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That is good news, of course PCT policies should state they have to consult stake holders/service users on changes to services, which they rarely do. If they try it again consult a specialist solicitor, file for a judicial review.
Hi Girl I, thank you for your replies... There are a lot of issues going on, here in Cornwall. Been fighting for years for service users to be heard.

I'm interested in the Judicial Review, do you know of anyone who has gone through that procedure and did it work?

I have been dealing with two people this evening who at very high risk and they cannot get any help from the Mental Health Team. One has ended up in a Police cell. I need to esculate these particular cases. In the past i have found things are just papered over. These two cases I would like to take them right to the top.

There are NO Mental Health beds available in Cornwall tonight, this is a frequent occurance. Costs are always given.... you cannot have empty beds..... so you don't provide enough beds seems to be the Foundation Trusts mantra.

Could do with anyone's help.

Thank you. :stomp::stomp:
 
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I lived in Corwall for over 20 years and tried to get groups going with little success. I have now moved to Devon which is still the S'W. Corwnal was shortchanged on mental illness before, when St.Lawrence's closed as a mental hospital. I believe they are(Nationally) now going to do away with P.C.Ts so I would suggest that your approach is direct to the Cornwall Health authority. or write to R..T.Hon..Lansley the Minister for Health at Parliament.. I can now do little other than e-,mail enquiries due to my own phsical condition. You are welcome to contact me by e-mail at [email protected] if you think I can be of any help. I am stilll in contact with someone in Cornywall who is connected with Mental health and has worked his socks off to get better services. Group work is good, but you do need a trained leader, and the difficulty is that psychiatric staff are short, and the financial position of the whole country is bad. I think Cornwall may benefit from the holiday trade as a result of this. But that will not help those who suffer from schizophrenia, bi-polar or other severe metnal conditions. Fight. You will need to. All my best wishes. Pat C.