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Quality day care services for people with severe mental health problems

  • Georgina Foulds (a1), Helen Wood (a2) and Kamaldeep Bhui (a3)
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This paper describes the process of involving mental health service users in the planning and running of a community service. PACT (Psychiatric Assertive Outreach and Continuing Care Team) is based in south London and provides care for people who have severe and enduring mental health problems. We present an approach based on three years of intensive collaboration with service users. Community services will only become effective if they respond to need and develop new partnerships with people in contact with them. People require the opportunity to experience new ways of becoming involved at all levels of service provision and, therefore, efforts need to be made to develop a variety of opportunities for people to put forward their views. This takes time and determination by all involved.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Dr K. Bhui, Wellcome Training Fellow, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF
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Beeforth, M., Conlon, E., Field, V., et al (eds) (1990) Whose Service is it Anyway? Users' View on Coordinating Community Care. London: Research and Development for Psychiatry.
Pilling, S. (1991) Rehabilitation and Community Care. London: Routledge.
Strathdee, G., Thompson, K. & Car, S. (1997) What Service Users want from Mental Health Services, Mental Health Service Development Skills Workbook. London: Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health.
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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
  • URL: /core/journals/bjpsych-bulletin
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Quality day care services for people with severe mental health problems

  • Georgina Foulds (a1), Helen Wood (a2) and Kamaldeep Bhui (a3)
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