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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Mental health commissioning

It’s great that our first clutch of mental health commissioning guides have hatched today. The guides have been produced by the Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health, a partnership between us, the Royal College of General Practitioners, and 15 other organisations.

Congratulations to all of those who have worked so tirelessly on these practical guides, and for bringing together the expertise of so many stakeholders.

Yesterday, Emma Harrison – the government’s “welfare-to-work Tsar” – spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live about her concerns about the welfare reform plans. She told John Pienaar that the benefits cap could hit the wrong people, such as seriously vulnerable families caring for one or more disabled children. Emma Harrison is, of course, the person chosen in 2010 to lead the government’s efforts to return hundreds of individuals back to work. Can I safely assume that the sorts of families she is thinking of also include families with children with severe learning disabilities and/or mental illness and developmental disorders?

This afternoon, I’m off to an All Party Parliamentary Group meeting in Westminster which will hear from Care Services Minister Paul Burstow MP as he presents the finds of the ‘Caring for Our Future’ consultation and looks at the next steps.

Over the last few weeks, I have seen the development of a rare medical disorder within myself, known as ‘creeping cynicism disorder’. Please do let me know if you have a remedy.  Meanwhile, we’ll continue battling for changes to the flawed Health and Social Care Bill – in particular the battle of parity of esteem between mental and physical health.



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