Joint pledge to work better together to improve mental health care in Leeds

Nigel Gray, chief officer at NHS Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group.
Nigel Gray, chief officer at NHS Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group.
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An action plan to improve care for people in mental health crisis has been developed for Leeds.

More than 60 people attended a special workshop regarding the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat at St Chad’s Church, in Headingley, on Wednesday.

The concordat is a national agreement between services and agencies involved in the support of people in crisis and sets out how they can work better together to ensure people receive the care they need.

Nigel Gray, chief officer at NHS Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which commissions services in the city, backed the approach. He said: “I strongly support the action plan that we have put in place as we seek to achieve parity of esteem – and that means investing as much time, energy and resources into mental health as physical health.”

The plan, which includes a commitment to working together to prevent crises, was agreed to by charities, NHS providers, Leeds City Council and police. Visit crisiscareconcordat.org.uk/areas/leeds.

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