20 August 2019

Bedfordshire and Luton is to receive more funding for Mental Health Crisis Care after a successful application bid for £2m from NHS England over the next two years.

East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) will provide the service with support from Mind BLMK.

The extra funding will help extend the current crisis care service to 24 hours coverage across Beds and Luton.  

Focus groups are now being arranged for ELFT staff, service users and partner organisations including police, ambulance and hospitals to shape the service.

“The service will to provide a responsive county-wide service with emphasis on providing fast and effective help for people experiencing a mental health crisis,” said Michelle Bradley, Director for ELFT’s Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health and Wellbeing Services.

“We want to provide care for people at their home where possible, reducing the pressure on colleagues at our acute hospitals.”

“This important funding will help Bedfordshire CCG continue developing mental health services, including 24-hour extended mental health crisis care. The service will offer quality care for all ages, when and where people need it. 

“We are continuing to engage with service users and other stakeholders to ensure the newly designed service will fully meet their needs.”

The 24hr service, introduced before the end of the year, will act as a gateway to all mental health services, including mental health crisis cafes, and will be provided through NHS 111.