13 September 2019

The first in a series of public focus groups has been held to shape new 24-hour extended mental health crisis care across Bedfordshire and Luton.

Representatives from Healthwatch Luton, Penrose, University of Befordshire and Luton CCG were among those involved at the session in Luton’s Carnival Arts Centre on Friday 13 September, 2019.

The Trust and Mind BLMK are working together to develop an enhanced crisis care service that acts as a gateway to all mental health services, including mental health crisis cafes, and will be provided through NHS 111.

The aim is to launch the new-look service this winter.

Open invitation focus groups are being held for NHS staff, partner organisations, service users, carers and other members of the public to have a say in how the final service looks.

“The first session generated some hugely valuable discussions and ideas,” said Angharad Ruttley, the Trust's Clinical Director for Crisis Care in Bedfordshire and Luton.

“I would like to thank everyone who attended, and I would also encourage anyone with an interest in mental health to attend our other sessions.

“There is no need to register in advance and people can just turn up on the day.”

Other focus groups:

Flitwick
Biggleswade
Bedford