Home treatment and crisis resolution mental health teams can reduce the number of acute psychiatric inpatient admissions by 30 per cent.
This was the figure reported by South Essex Partnership NHS Trust in a government policy document emphasising how home treatment and crisis resolution teams should be “the norm” for mental health services.
The document, published by the National Institute for Mental Health, stated that, since the introduction of its home treatment and crisis resolution teams, South Essex Partnership NHS Trust has been able to close one adult psychiatric ward of 23 beds and had seen its average psychiatric bed occupancy drop from 109% to 85%.
The document entitled “10 High Impact Changes for Mental Health Services”, sets out the government’s 10 priorities for “modern” mental health services.
These include a “systematic approach to enable the recovery of people with long term conditions.” It lists numerous examples of how present services are meeting the priorities.
Mental health minister Rosie Winterton said the document offers “practical changes that professionals can make to improve service delivery, the treatment and experience of patients, as well as the moral of staff.”