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Everyturn Mental Health responds to the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) annual assessment report on the state of mental and adult social care in England.

The report warns that, due to a combination of the cost-of-living crisis and workforce pressures, the NHS risks becoming an ‘unfair care’ system, with longer waits, reduced access and poorer outcomes for people waiting for care.

Everyturn Mental Health CEO, Adam Crampsie, commented:

“We recognise the challenges outlined in the CQC’s report, so we welcome the NHS’s long-term training programme to address the health and care staffing crisis and to increase capacity in the NHS to support people with their mental and physical health. But we’re also keen to ensure that there is also an immediate response to supporting people who need to access services right now, by continuing to develop accessible, community based mental health support services.

“We’re extremely proud of the non-clinical initiatives in our community mental health services, like our new Safe Haven mental health crisis support centres, our Together in a Crisis services, the Northumberland and South Tyneside Recovery Colleges, our community mental health non-clinical waiting list support services, and our alternative crisis beds and housing support.

“These vital, community-based services give people access to mental health support sooner in their own community. They mean people are listened to, supported, and given practical tools to help manage their mental health now and in the future.

“Many of our colleagues working in these services also bring with them a wealth of their own lived experience of mental ill-health. Using their own experiences, our colleagues give personalised care that looks at a person’s whole life. In doing that, they are freeing up the NHS’s clinical time to support people with more complex mental health needs.

”By continuing to work with the NHS, VCSEs, and other organisations more closely, we can all make sure that everyone can access the right mental health support locally and sooner, so no one struggles alone.”

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