My word, this really does surprise me

Mental health has a hell of a lot to teach the acute sector,” says Bev Humphrey, the outgoing chief executive of the Greater Manchester mental health NHS foundation trust. “It needs to sit up and listen.”

Humphrey believes that truly integrated mental health teams – involving psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health nurses, social workers, speech therapists, occupational therapists and dietitians – that provide services around the clock are the way forward across the NHS. “We have crisis intervention teams working 24/7, helping to reduce the pressure on inpatient beds. If you had that for older people, you would have fewer emergency admissions to hospital.”

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Although Humphrey wants more integration on the frontline, she does not think that health and social care organisations should merge. “What makes me incredibly nervous is any talk about integrating commissioning and funding of services,” she says. “If the funding is shared between clinical commissioning groups and local authorities – when I see that those same local authorities have had to decimate their adult and children’s social care services due to cuts – why would I want to merge? It would be like getting into bed with a bankrupt brother.

Outgoing NHS chief executive thinks there should be much more planning and strategy, the sort of thing NHS chief executives do, but not fewer organisations because that would mean fewer NHS chief executives.

It is a shocking set of views, isn’t it, from such a source?

13 comments on “My word, this really does surprise me

  1. psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health nurses, social workers, speech therapists, occupational therapists and dietitians

    More jobs for people from the B-ark, but fewer real doctors and nurses.

  2. The more people involved the easier it is too avoid responsibility-if /when anything goes wrong.

  3. Humphrey believes that truly integrated mental health teams – involving psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health nurses, social workers, speech therapists, occupational therapists and dietitians

    We should keep in mind that there is precious little evidence that any of these people provide any service of value whatsoever. There is no reason to think that anything they do actually works.

    Except perhaps the Speech Therapists. Although I am sure it would be nice for the schizophrenic that they can get the thorazine and advice about what vegetables to eat from the same place 24 hours a day.

  4. ‘Three in four Britons felt overwhelmed by stress, survey reveals’

    Cos they have to pay for all this happy horseshit.

  5. 3 out of 4 Britons stressed?

    All the CM bullshit drowning the country thanks to all the Bevs running the system have nothing to do with that.

    Of course.

  6. Tim

    I know Continental Telegraph is absorbing much time but it is a matter of some urgency you look at TRUK: The equivalent of a De Beers sale in his opening post ‘Calls for more pension saving are a recipe for pensions disaster’

    Too many gems to list them all but this is a sample:

    ‘The first is that savings take money out of the economy: they are not spent, so that has to be true. And second, because savings do not fund investment (they go into second-hand shares and property in the main, instead) they do not add value to the UK economy. They do instead simply inflate the value of financial assets.’

    ‘Royal London are, then, talking complete nonsense.

    And so too are governments by compelling mass pension saving.

    ‘Pensions are always provided by a younger generation being willing to forego part of their income to look after the elderly. That’s the only way it works. And that can only happen en masse through a state pension system. The private pension system we have is already tottering because of asset over-valuation. It will collapse if required to do what Steve Webb suggests’.

  7. Ah mental health care with its integrated teams! That will be why there are so many crazy people in the community , mostly harmless but with the odd paranoid schizophrenic needing to slaughter an eighty year old in her garden but very happy to label as mentally ill any RoPer fulfilling his jihad obligations by blowing up/running down/ beheading people enjoying themselves. There is so much that needs to be abolished then redesigned from the ground up to serve the people not the functionaries of various parastatal organisations.

  8. “Except perhaps the Speech Therapists.”

    Indeed. My niece is a speech therapist and she has helped many people recover the power of speech after stroke or having half their face removed. It’s a variant of physiotherapy. It’s proper health care.

  9. Three in four Britons felt overwhelmed by stress, survey reveals

    I don’t believe that for a second, unless they have used different definitions of the word ‘overwhelmed’ and ‘stress’.

  10. Responding to their stupid survey was stressful.

    As in many cases, one wonders what is wrong with the 25%?

  11. “Three in four Britons felt overwhelmed by stress”

    WTF?

    Ah, the poor dears.

  12. Moving social care up into national provision would make it harder to cut as it would join the NHS in the great temple. At the moment social care can be cut to ribbons in the background by government invisibly cutting local government funding and then blaming evil local councils for cutting social care.

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