"More preventative services needed..."
About: 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Posted by TJ (as ),
Preventative Services. My view is that we don't do enough around early intervention so that people go into crisis and hospital when this could be avoided. The system needs to be geared more to help people early so that care members or groups can offer support. People aren't identified by services early enough in my experience. This would save the system financially in the long run.
I found it disappointing that community social centres, such as Heath Park Lodge where help was available to people who dropped in, have been closed.
I wanted to access a service 2 years ago when I was having a crisis which I felt could help me and I was told that I couldn't because I had not been into hospital and it needed a referral from a psychiatrist or key worker. To me this was a catch 22 situation so that you couldn't access a service until you had been into hospital or deemed ill enough.
I lived abroad in the 80s and accessed services straight away at the first sign of a problem.