nhs cuts

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Petition to Stephen Timms, Lynn Brown, jeremy hunt mp

Stop the cut in services for Personality Disorders in Newham Council

Clients currently receiving Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), within the Specialist Personality Disorder Service in Newham, have been told that there is uncertainty as to whether they will continue to be offered this support due to staff shortages, which were not adequately addressed by management. At present the information we have been given is that some of us may be offered ‘suitable alternative therapy’ despite having been required to sign a 12 months’ commitment contract to engage in this service. This change in service could occur in less than a month, which is very short notice for the clients currently in treatment. The service manager had prior knowledge that staffing would be an issue facing the service and thus had time to ensure adequate measures were in place to address this problem. We would also like to highlight that there were no prior attempts to consult the clients about the possibility of services being cut and adequate warnings was not given in order to adequately prepare us for a change in our treatment. Engaging in mental health services is the hardest decision one can make and making a commitment to attend sessions as required is just as hard. The uncertainty of the current services has already caused many of the clients’ distress and aroused feeling of hopelessness. There are concerns that the cuts to service will not benefit the clients, as well the community in the end. There are many consequences on people with Personality Disorder when services are withdrawn, cut down or not available at crucial points in their lives. These include suicide, remaining ‘stuck’ in a cycle of torment and anguish from the intensity and instability of the condition, refusal to engage in services all together, break down in relationship, difficulties with day-to-day living. Further consequences include reinforcement of feeling of the idea that ‘no one really cares’, ‘there is no point’, as well as feelings of invalidation that clients have had to deal with. DBT has a very strong evidence base, which highlights its effectiveness at dealing with the difficulties people with personality disorders face and can help significantly improve one’s life. We have seen some of the changes and efforts made clients to engage in the therapy and practice the skills offered. We have found that talking about our experiences of abuse/trauma and how we have used to skills we have been taught to manage/deal with the daily difficulties were face living with the condition has helped us. If the service is significantly cut or closed, this could put added strain on other mental health services in Newham and could possibly lead to re-referrals to psychological services due to alternative therapies not addressing the issues at hand. We need help to ensure that this service is maintained for us and for future people who choose to seek support for their services. Therefore, we call for Stephen Timms and Lynn Brown (Newham MPs) to intervene to force the manager of the psychological service in Newham to employs staff to cover the shortage so that service remains running at full capacity. to prevent current and future clients from being referred to alternative therapy and get the best treatment.

Jeanne Francine
232 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Helyn Clack, Bill Chapman, Helen Atkinson, Kate Shields, Ken Gulati, Claire Murdoch, Philip Hammond, Kwasi Kwarteng, Duncan Selbie, Dr Andy Brooks, David Hodge

Keep Blanche Heriot Unit at St Peter's Hospital Open

Blanche Heriot Unit at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey has been serving the people of North Surrey for 25 years but is now threatened with closure. The Unit provides services in sexual health, HIV and other areas of genito-urinary medicine with some 15,000 attendances in 2016. These include patients with other health issues such as vulva/genital dermatology, cancer and pre-cancer and chronic pelvic pain.  In addition to the clinics held at the Blanche Heriot Unit itself, clinics are held every week in 5 local prisons and at Royal Holloway, University of London. The Blanche Heriot Unit also provides inpatient HIV services at St Peter’s and works closely with the neonatal unit. The Blanche Heriot Unit is currently run by Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust but is now caught up in a contract jointly commissioned by Surrey County Council and NHS England for sexual health and HIV services in Surrey. There was only one bidder for this contract - Central & North West London NHS Trust (CNWL). CNWL have committed to run the Surrey contract at a saving of £2million per annum over 3 years. CNWL have indicated that they will not be retaining services at the Blanche Heriot Unit but have given no indication as to how these services will be provided elsewhere to the same high standard and level of accessibility. The contract was due to start on 1 April 2017 but CNWL have already run into problems in the “mobilisation” stage causing Surrey County Council to extend the existing services at the Blanche Heriot Unit by six months. However this is only a temporary reprieve. The Unit, and the services it provides, remain under threat. The decision makers in this process have not engaged with, or consulted, the patients who depend on the Blanche Heriot Unit. This is your opportunity to ensure that the patient voice is heard. Sign & share the petition. Write to your MP. Make the case for the Blanche Heriot Unit and its dedicated, expert staff to continue to serve the people of North Surrey. If you would like to get more involved with the campaign contact us on Thank you for your support.

Blanche Heriot Unit Patients
3,056 supporters