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Take Your Partners A Local Authority Perspective on Reform, Reorganisation and Integration in Mental Health Services

Take Your Partners A Local Authority Perspective on Reform, Reorganisation and Integration in... Focus on… Take Your Partners? A Local Authority Perspective on Reform, Re-organisation and Integration in Mental Health Services Tim O’Shea Head of Mental Health Services Blackburn with Darwen Social Services Department Introduction were a vote for good weather, were having to come to terms with the implications and realities of During the 1990s the mantra of integration in mental modernisation, and these were sometimes health services grew in credence and popularity. Early uncomfortable. This article attempts to explore some attempts at modernisation embodied in the Care of these issues from on or across the border in social Programme Approach (Department of Health, 1995) care. provided community mental health teams with a system which could enable health and social care integration. The repetitive findings of countless homicide and suicide inquiries up and down the Life is full of contradictions country seemed to provide both the evidence and impetus for integration and, crucially, influenced the ‘We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we were pubic policy agenda (Mackay, 2004). From 1997 the beginning to form up into teams, we would be modernising zeal of New Labour, with its National reorganised. I was to learn later in life that we http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Mental Health Review Journal Emerald Publishing

Take Your Partners A Local Authority Perspective on Reform, Reorganisation and Integration in Mental Health Services

Mental Health Review Journal , Volume 9 (4): 6 – Dec 1, 2004

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Emerald Publishing
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1361-9322
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10.1108/13619322200400038
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Focus on… Take Your Partners? A Local Authority Perspective on Reform, Re-organisation and Integration in Mental Health Services Tim O’Shea Head of Mental Health Services Blackburn with Darwen Social Services Department Introduction were a vote for good weather, were having to come to terms with the implications and realities of During the 1990s the mantra of integration in mental modernisation, and these were sometimes health services grew in credence and popularity. Early uncomfortable. This article attempts to explore some attempts at modernisation embodied in the Care of these issues from on or across the border in social Programme Approach (Department of Health, 1995) care. provided community mental health teams with a system which could enable health and social care integration. The repetitive findings of countless homicide and suicide inquiries up and down the Life is full of contradictions country seemed to provide both the evidence and impetus for integration and, crucially, influenced the ‘We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we were pubic policy agenda (Mackay, 2004). From 1997 the beginning to form up into teams, we would be modernising zeal of New Labour, with its National reorganised. I was to learn later in life that we

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Mental Health Review JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Dec 1, 2004

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