The Independent Mental Health Services Alliance (IMHSA) welcomes the publication of Sir Stephen Bubb’s report Winterbourne View – Time for Change. IMHSA Chair Joy Chamberlain said:
“IMHSA welcomes the publication of Sir Stephen’s report and in particular the focus on ensuring that people with learning disabilities and autism are able to access the most appropriate type of care.
IMHSA has always highlighted the importance of patients receiving the highest quality, local care in settings best suited to their individual needs. Our members work closely with NHS case managers, clinicians and patients to build their skills, and enable them to move along their care pathway safely, with increasing levels of independence.
It is essential that strong governance, regulation and training frameworks are in place to provide high quality care in the community, and patients are only moved to community settings when it is the best option for them. We believe that providers should not be pressured into moving a patient into community care before they are ready or without the appropriate support.
We support Sir Stephen’s proposal for a social investment fund to build capacity in community-based services. This ties into a wider need for increased funding for mental health services across the board.
IMHSA welcomes the Government’s efforts on this to date. However, if improvements are truly to be made to patient access to these essential services, mental health care must be supported by sufficient funds and providers must be able to develop services where they are needed.
It is essential that the Government works in partnership with all providers to ensure that patients are able to access the types of care they need. The independent sector is committed to working with the Government to meet these challenges and this will help us to continue to provide the high quality, appropriate and local care that has already benefited so many patients with complex needs.
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2. IMHSA is a leading group of eleven independent mental health service providers representing over 90% of the independent sector. Members include The Ansel Group, Care UK, Cygnet, Huntercombe, Partnerships in Care, Priory Group, Alpha Hospitals, The Retreat, In Mind, Glencare and St Andrew’s.