Mentally ill teen sent 275 miles to Bury hospital as no beds in Sussex

The Argus: Mentally ill teen sent 275 miles to Bury hospital as no beds in Sussex Mentally ill teen sent 275 miles to Bury hospital as no beds in Sussex

A teenager with serious mental health problems was sent to a hospital 275 miles away because there were no suitable beds for them closer to home.

The patient was one of two dozen 16 and 17-year-olds from Sussex treated outside of the county in the past ten months.

The teenager, who needed specialist inpatient care urgently, was transferred the furthest, to Bury, Greater Manchester.

 


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The number of transfers outside of Sussex has risen over the last three years, with 13 longer-distance transfers between April 2012 and March 2013 and four the year before.

Health bosses have admitted there is a national problem around the availability of mental health beds for children as trusts deal with a rising number of referrals.

NHS England is responsible for commissioning the specialist services for the most seriously ill children with mental health problems, known as tier four.

An urgent review into how many more beds may be needed in Sussex and around the country is due to end next month.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has 16 tier four beds at Chalkhill, its children's inpatient unit in Crawley.

Higher level specialist services, such as psychiatric intensive care, is not available in the county.

A NHS England spokesman said: “We recognise there is an issue around bed availability within Tier 4 child and adolescent mental health services, where we see the most seriously ill patients, which we are working hard to address.

“We want to improve services and move towards patients being treated as close to their homes as possible.”

“As part of our review we are looking at current provision, level of demand, admission criteria and areas of best practice.”

Sussex Partnership director of nursing and quality, Helen Greatorex, said:

“We work extremely hard to ensure that we care for young people with mental health problems as close to their home as possible.
 

“Occasionally when admission to hospital is imperative and a local bed is not available, we will admit a young person to the closest available bed and work with them and their family on returning them to our care at the earliest opportunity.
 

“We have noticed along with other similar trusts that the national increase in demand for specialist beds has resulted in the need to search further afield for a bed than previously has been the case.”

Sussex Partnership Trust Unison branch secretary Peter Atkinson said: “This is symptomatic of the funding issue facing mental health services.

“We are dealing with a combination of problems, including an increase in demand while at the same time having to find millions of pounds of savings.”

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5:07pm Fri 21 Feb 14

angrymonkey says...

makes you sick people need help and cant get it as we blow all the money on lazy people here and people coming into uk from over sea for easy life or giving billions the EU and other country's when should be looking after are kids here when need help.
makes you sick people need help and cant get it as we blow all the money on lazy people here and people coming into uk from over sea for easy life or giving billions the EU and other country's when should be looking after are kids here when need help. angrymonkey

1:16am Sun 23 Feb 14

whatevernext2013 says...

angrymonkey wrote:
makes you sick people need help and cant get it as we blow all the money on lazy people here and people coming into uk from over sea for easy life or giving billions the EU and other country's when should be looking after are kids here when need help.
you go tell that organ grinder that monkey wants more money
[quote][p][bold]angrymonkey[/bold] wrote: makes you sick people need help and cant get it as we blow all the money on lazy people here and people coming into uk from over sea for easy life or giving billions the EU and other country's when should be looking after are kids here when need help.[/p][/quote]you go tell that organ grinder that monkey wants more money whatevernext2013

4:53pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Puffin-Billy says...

I'm from Bolton near Bury, and I'm disgusted at what's going on in Bolton NHS, and the mental health bed cuts.

Here is my reaction to the proposed cuts in Bolton:

Yet more lies from Bolton CCG, the smiling assassins of the NHS.

And the statement by Care Minister Norman Lamb that:

"More people are being treated in the right settings for them, including

fewer people needing to go into hospitals.” ...is a

downright lie;

More people are being treated in increasingly inappropriate settings

(police cells) and fewer beds.

These cuts are part of a NATIONWIDE ideological attack on the NHS.

http://www.bbc.co.uk

/news/uk-england-cam

bridgeshire-26453052



They are an attack on the poor in Britain, who, because they are

increasingly poor, will suffer disproportionately more from

mental and physical ill-health.

And nothing will change unless and until we the people take to the

streets, and get involved in direct action to take our NHS back, and repeal

the Health and Social Care Act.

Mental illness is of no concern to right wing governments because the

person with the illness is not capable of working. They have no value. It's

an ideology that values nothing but the ability to fill the ruling class's

wallets.

A government is needed which values human beings for themselves and

not just for what they can get out of them; until we get one, the numbers

of mentally ill people (adults and children) being detained in prison cells

will keep on climbing.

Budgets for 'crisis resolution teams' fell by 1.7% in real terms compared

to 2011/12. Referrals rose 16%. These are the staff who provide

intensive home treatment in an effort to prevent acutely unwell people

being admitted to hospital.

Budgets for community mental health teams shrank by 0.03% in real

terms since 2011/12 but referrals have risen 13%. These teams give

ongoing support to patients to prevent their health deteriorating to crisis

point.

In 2013/14, there was a reduction of 2.36% in mental health budgets in

real terms, and 10 more trusts are expecting more cuts.

A so-called “concordat”, backed by NHS England, the Association of

Chief Police Officers, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists, says that

health-based places of safety and beds should be available “around the

clock” and that police cells shouldn’t be used because mental health

services are not available. The concordat clearly isn’t working in Greater

Manchester.

If the trust wants more people to receive care in their homes rather than

at hospital, why are they planning extra beds at Woodlands?

Su Long claims that there has been plenty of positive feedback about her

proposals. The following points are the result of current government

policy on mental health, which Su Long , Bolton CCG, and Conservative

Cllr Andy Morgan supports. They are not “positive feedback”:

• Section 188 threat of redundancy notices have been given to the

unions representing mental health staff, whilst at the same time,

recruitment of staff from Ireland and Portugal is being considered.

• Dinesh Bhugra, a psychiatrist who chairs the Mental Health

Foundation, says: “Around the country there is a lot of pressure on

community teams and lots of staff are going off sick. I cannot see any

logical explanation for closing beds.”

• People who could have been admitted voluntarily at an early stage in

their crisis are instead left in the community while their mental health

deteriorates to the point where they may need to be admitted under the

Mental Health Act for a long admission.

• Staff are being told to section people under a section 2 rather than a

3 so that patients stay less time on the ward.

• Manchester Health and Social Care Trust spending £1.75m on

out-of-area private beds in four months.

• Patients waiting in seclusion rooms until beds become available,

• Three-quarters of bed cuts (1,291 closures) are on admission

wards and psychiatric intensive care units for acutely unwell adults and

older people.

• Adult psychiatric wards running occupancy levels of more than

100%, meaning some patients are being sent to private hospitals miles

from home or admitted to NHS hospitals without a bed available.

• The Police Commissioner for Greater Manchester, Tony Lloyd,

having to set aside £200,000 of his budget to buy extra support from

health professionals.

• Hundreds of children being locked in police cells because police

have nowhere to take them.

• 1700, ONE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED mental health beds

closed in England in the last 2 years.

• Although the Royal College of Psychiatrists recommend an 85%

occupancy rate, some wards are reaching 138%.

• Patients are being discharged early to free up beds resulting in one

patient being re-admitted 8 times in 12 months.

• The NHS is spending millions of pounds sending severely ill

patients hundreds of miles to private hospitals.

• A mentally ill patient had to undergo a 5 and a 1/2 hour journey to

Carlisle.

• acutely mentally unwell children are being admitted to adult

psychiatric wards.

• A mentally ill 12 year old girl shouted out of a window to her mummy

who had to travel 130 miles to visit her: ‘mummy don’t leave me’.

• NHS mental health care is now in crisis, with duty workers across

England reporting times when there are no beds available anywhere.

• Mental illness is increasing due to stress.

• The number of elderly people is increasing, while services for them

are being cut.

• Replacement services are not defined.

• Replacement Services have not been piloted.

• Replacement services are not evidence based.
I'm from Bolton near Bury, and I'm disgusted at what's going on in Bolton NHS, and the mental health bed cuts. Here is my reaction to the proposed cuts in Bolton: Yet more lies from Bolton CCG, the smiling assassins of the NHS. And the statement by Care Minister Norman Lamb that: "More people are being treated in the right settings for them, including fewer people needing to go into hospitals.” ...is a downright lie; More people are being treated in increasingly inappropriate settings (police cells) and fewer beds. These cuts are part of a NATIONWIDE ideological attack on the NHS. http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-cam bridgeshire-26453052 They are an attack on the poor in Britain, who, because they are increasingly poor, will suffer disproportionately more from mental and physical ill-health. And nothing will change unless and until we the people take to the streets, and get involved in direct action to take our NHS back, and repeal the Health and Social Care Act. Mental illness is of no concern to right wing governments because the person with the illness is not capable of working. They have no value. It's an ideology that values nothing but the ability to fill the ruling class's wallets. A government is needed which values human beings for themselves and not just for what they can get out of them; until we get one, the numbers of mentally ill people (adults and children) being detained in prison cells will keep on climbing. Budgets for 'crisis resolution teams' fell by 1.7% in real terms compared to 2011/12. Referrals rose 16%. These are the staff who provide intensive home treatment in an effort to prevent acutely unwell people being admitted to hospital. Budgets for community mental health teams shrank by 0.03% in real terms since 2011/12 but referrals have risen 13%. These teams give ongoing support to patients to prevent their health deteriorating to crisis point. In 2013/14, there was a reduction of 2.36% in mental health budgets in real terms, and 10 more trusts are expecting more cuts. A so-called “concordat”, backed by NHS England, the Association of Chief Police Officers, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists, says that health-based places of safety and beds should be available “around the clock” and that police cells shouldn’t be used because mental health services are not available. The concordat clearly isn’t working in Greater Manchester. If the trust wants more people to receive care in their homes rather than at hospital, why are they planning extra beds at Woodlands? Su Long claims that there has been plenty of positive feedback about her proposals. The following points are the result of current government policy on mental health, which Su Long , Bolton CCG, and Conservative Cllr Andy Morgan supports. They are not “positive feedback”: • Section 188 threat of redundancy notices have been given to the unions representing mental health staff, whilst at the same time, recruitment of staff from Ireland and Portugal is being considered. • Dinesh Bhugra, a psychiatrist who chairs the Mental Health Foundation, says: “Around the country there is a lot of pressure on community teams and lots of staff are going off sick. I cannot see any logical explanation for closing beds.” • People who could have been admitted voluntarily at an early stage in their crisis are instead left in the community while their mental health deteriorates to the point where they may need to be admitted under the Mental Health Act for a long admission. • Staff are being told to section people under a section 2 rather than a 3 so that patients stay less time on the ward. • Manchester Health and Social Care Trust spending £1.75m on out-of-area private beds in four months. • Patients waiting in seclusion rooms until beds become available, • Three-quarters of bed cuts (1,291 closures) are on admission wards and psychiatric intensive care units for acutely unwell adults and older people. • Adult psychiatric wards running occupancy levels of more than 100%, meaning some patients are being sent to private hospitals miles from home or admitted to NHS hospitals without a bed available. • The Police Commissioner for Greater Manchester, Tony Lloyd, having to set aside £200,000 of his budget to buy extra support from health professionals. • Hundreds of children being locked in police cells because police have nowhere to take them. • 1700, ONE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED mental health beds closed in England in the last 2 years. • Although the Royal College of Psychiatrists recommend an 85% occupancy rate, some wards are reaching 138%. • Patients are being discharged early to free up beds resulting in one patient being re-admitted 8 times in 12 months. • The NHS is spending millions of pounds sending severely ill patients hundreds of miles to private hospitals. • A mentally ill patient had to undergo a 5 and a 1/2 hour journey to Carlisle. • acutely mentally unwell children are being admitted to adult psychiatric wards. • A mentally ill 12 year old girl shouted out of a window to her mummy who had to travel 130 miles to visit her: ‘mummy don’t leave me’. • NHS mental health care is now in crisis, with duty workers across England reporting times when there are no beds available anywhere. • Mental illness is increasing due to stress. • The number of elderly people is increasing, while services for them are being cut. • Replacement services are not defined. • Replacement Services have not been piloted. • Replacement services are not evidence based. Puffin-Billy

4:56pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Puffin-Billy says...

And here's more of the same:

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, who run mental health services in Stockport are proposing a cut of £650,000 to community mental health services by 2015, which is 25% of the total budget. These Services are already chronically underfunded.
This is the reality behind the Con Dem Government ‘promise’ to protect the NHS.
Pennine Accounts for 2012/2013, reveal that Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the body that funds local health services, is the lowest funder of mental health services across
the Pennine footprint, spending just 6.9% of its budget on mental health services. This compares to CCG funding for Bury = 15.1%, Oldham = 12.65%, Rochdale = 21.2%, Tameside = 9.2%.
Yet figures from NHS England 2012/2013, highlight that Stockport is the richest CCG within the same area.
We believe that mental health cuts will place service users, the staff and the community at risk. That is why we are launching a campaign to protect the services that we as taxpayers have paid for, and on which our community depends.

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