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DoH extends national director's mental health responsibilities

 

The Department of Health has announced that it is expanding the role of the national director for mental health to cover a greater scope of people.

Under the new regulations, Louis Appleby's role as the national director will stretch to include mental health care for older people and child and adolescent services.

Ms Appleby's duties will include overseeing research, clinical governance, as well as handling the workforce and liaising with NICE and HCC on how to work together to raise standards.

Ms Appleby commented: "I want to ensure that the modernisation and improvement that has happened in adult mental health services also happens for children and older people. We need to ensure that, as the Commission for Healthcare Improvement report on Mental Health in 2003 suggested, these services are not falling behind."

Health minister Rosie Winterton welcomed the appointment, stressing that it was essential that the positive improvements made in adult mental health service are carried through to all age ranges.

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Press release

www.gnn.gov.uk

DoH - New extended role for Mental Health Tsar
Tue, 01 Jun 04 Government Press Release Summary
The Department of Health has announced that Louis Appleby is to cover mental health care for older people and child and adolescent services.

Ms Appleby commented: I want to ensure that the modernisation and improvement that has happened in adult mental health services also happens for children and older people. We need to ensure that, as the Commission for Healthcare Improvement report on Mental Health in 2003 suggested, these services are not falling behind.'
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
1 June 2004

Louis Appleby to cover mental health care for older people and child
and adolescent services

Louis Appleby's role as National Director for Mental Health will now
extend to cover mental health services for all ages, including older
people and child and adolescent services.

Louis Appleby said:

"I will now be working with my fellow national directors, Ian Philp
and Al Aynsley Green to focus on the delivery of the mental health
components of the Older People's National Service Framework (NSF) and
the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) programme.

"I want to ensure that the modernisation and improvement that has
happened in adult mental health services also happens for children
and older people. We need to ensure that, as the Commision for
Healthcare Improvement report on Mental Health in 2003 suggested,
these services are not falling behind.

"What we need is a vision for modern CAMHS and OPMH, building on the
NSFs for children, older people and MH. I'll be consulting for views
on what this modern service would look like. I believe one of the
crucual issues is workforce, and also the important role of social
care."

Health Minister, Rosie Winterton, said:

"It is essential that the positive improvements made in adult mental
health service are carried through to Older People and CAMHS. This
extended role for Louis will help drive forward the shift taking
place from age-based assessments and service provision to services
based on individual need."

Louis Appleby will oversee research, funding streams, clinical
governance, workforce, intelligence and knowledge and be liaising
with NICE and HCC on how to work together to raise standards.
Delivery of the mental health programmes across the age spectrum will
be overseen by the Mental Health Programme Delivery Board and the
respective governance boards for the Older Peoples programme and
Children's programme.

 

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