The chief executive of a leading national mental health charity has agreed to join a key group overseeing mental health service transformation across Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow.
The transformation board has an ambitious programme to improve and re-shape the mental health services for local people and their carers.
Paul Farmer, who has led Mind since 2006, will join its membership this month. The transformation board covers mental health services for children, adolescents, adults and older people and its creation heralded a new partnership approach to changing the way services are provided by specialist mental health teams, primary care and the voluntary sector.
Current priorities for the board include improving the access to mental health care particularly for urgent assessment and for people with dementia, and improving the physical health care of people with mental health problems.
Co-chaired by Dr Annabel Crowe (GP mental health lead for Hounslow CCG) and Dr Nick Broughton (medical director at West London Mental Health NHS Trust), membership includes senior clinicians, service users, carers, commissioners, local authorities and representatives of charities.
Dr Nick Broughton said: “I am delighted that Paul has agreed to support us with this vital area of work which is designed to help us build more joined up and integrated services for the communities we serve. Paul’s knowledge of mental health issues will be of enormous benefit and value to us and we are grateful for his interest in becoming our third sector representative on the group.”
Hounslow GP Dr Annabel Crowe added: “Our ambition is to reshape local mental health services to improve care our patients receive. As a national authority on mental health, Paul brings a unique perspective to our discussions and planning and I am looking forward to working with him on the board.”
Paul said: “I'm delighted to be joining the transformation board at this vital time for mental health. The commitment to parity of esteem for mental health can only be achieved by effective local partnership work and I hope I can play my part to achieve this. As a west Londoner myself, I know the potential to deliver excellent mental health services is here.”
For more information on the work of the transformation board, please visit www.wlmht.nhs.uk