The Calico Group and Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust (LCFT) are working in partnership to provide essential support for mental health across Lancashire.
LCFT is the primary commissioned service for inpatient and community mental health services in the region, delivering support to around 1.5 million people – with a significant rise in demand over recent years and increased pressure on the system.
One factor identified is the rising number of admissions into hospital as a result of issues relating to drugs and alcohol.
With a vast array of skills and experience in this field, The Calico Group has developed a strategic relationship with LCFT to find a solution-focused approach to this issue.
The partnership is seen as supporting LCFT to alleviate the pressures, including:
- Rehabilitation beds provided by Acorn Recovery Projects
- Detox beds provided by Delphi Medical
- Five Inpatient Substance Misuse Support Workers placed on hospital wards
- 18 Peer Support Workers placed alongside community mental health teams, the police, and the wider community
Sue Moore, LCFT director of strategic developments, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with The Calico Group to deliver this new initiative, which will offer peer support for those who are suffering with mental illness or struggling with substance misuse in the Blackpool area.
“Peer support is really valuable in allowing people to be able to share similar experiences with someone that understands and can relate, and also in reassuring others that they are not alone in what they are going through.
“Working with our partners really allows us to enhance the services that we provide and make a difference to the people that matter, and we look forward to seeing the partnership grow.”
Philip Jones, managing director of Calico Enterprise, said the innovative new project will provide “vital support to thousands of people across the county who desperately need it”.