Hull mum welcomes new 24/7 crisis response team in Hull and the East Riding

Published: Monday 11th January 2016 by KCFM

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A Hull mum has welcomed the announcement of a new 24/7 crisis response team in Hull and the East Riding.

Twelve registered mental health nurses will support children and young people in times of severe emotional distress, and in a place best suited for them, such as at home or at school.

Sally Burke has been campaigning for improved provision since her daughter Maisie was sent miles away from home for treatment, after the West End unit in Hessle closed.

She explains what a difference the new service will make to them: “We’ve had to call out the police and ambulance services to help us and they are lovely but they’re not trained in mental health. So it would just help to have that professional support and care for Maisie to give her some equality and dignity.”

NHS Hull CCG, NHS East Riding CCG, Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Hull City Council and East Riding Council worked together to develop the plans. The Crisis Response Team is made up of twelve registered mental health nurses with significant experience in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

David Hill, the Chief Executive of Humber NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We started running a limited service ten weeks ago and we have received some really positive feedback from children, young people, parents and carers as well as other health and social care professionals.

“We are delighted this team is now up and running. We have faced a number of challenges on the way to getting here but we are now able to offer a robust crisis response.

“The aim of this service is to prevent children and young people from hospital attendance or admission if no medical intervention is required, keeping them at home with their families. In turn, this will reduce the pressure on other teams within CAMHS and allow staff to focus on the promotion of mental health health in community and primary care settings, identifying problems earlier in development.”

The Government has invested billions into improving mental health services across England, resulting in a million pound investment for local services.


Published: Monday 11th January 2016 by KCFM

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