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Mental Health Service (Conference)

Volume 79: debated on Friday 24 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many officials of his Department attended the conference in London recently on mental health service planning which it arranged jointly with the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Including sessional chairmen, 22 professional and administrative staff from our Department attended some part of the conference on "Mental Health Service Planning" held on 7 and 8 March 1985.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he has any proposals for implementing any of the recommendations made at the recent conference in London on mental health service planning attended by representatives of his Department and by representatives of the British Association of Social Workers, the British Psychological Society, MENCAP, MIND, the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Nursing.

The conference held on 7–8 March was organised jointly by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and our Department. Other participants were drawn from regional and district health authorities, local authorities, local authority associations, the National Association of Health Authorities, professional organisations and voluntary organisations working in the field of mental illness and mental handicap.The conference was held to enable participants to look jointly at problems associated with the implementation of our policies for mental health service planning in England and Wales. It was not constituted to consider or vote on formal recommendations. A wide variety of opinions was

RegionArea/DistrictHospitalType of Hospital Mental Illness (MI) or Mental Handicap (MH)Date Approved
(i) MI and MH Hospitals approved for complete closure May 1979·December 1979
TrentSheffieldWales Court HospitalMHDecember 1979
(ii) MI and MH Hospitals approved for complete closure 1980
South West ThamesEast SurreyClerks Croft HospitalMISeptember 1980
West MidlandsHereford and WorcesterHolme Lacy HospitalMINovember 1980
MerseyLiverpoolLiverpool Psychiatric Day HospitalMISeptember 1980
(iii) MI and MH Hospitals approved for complete closure 1981
YorkshireWakefieldCarr Gate HospitalMINovember 1981
WakefieldNewton Lodge AnnexMINovember 1981
TrentSheffieldSt. Joseph's HospitalMHNovember 1981
North West ThamesEaling, Hammersmith and HounslowTemple Hill HouseMIMarch 1981
MerseyChesterTabley HostelMHDecember 1981
(iv) MI and MH Hospitals approved for complete closure 1982
South East ThamesTunbridge WellsMansell HouseMHDecember 1982
North Western BoltonHovercroft Free Discharge UnitMIFebruary 1982
(v) MI and MH Hospitals approved for complete closure 1983
TrentSouth DerbyshireBlakeleyMIMarch 1983
North West ThamesVictoriaVincent Square Day HospitalMIDecember 1983
VictoriaAll Saints HospitalMIDecember 1983
North East ThamesNorth East EssexEssex HallMHJuly 1983
WessexPortsmouth and South East HampshireSandy PointMHNovember 1983
South WesternFrenchayLeigh CourtMHJune 1983
(vi) MI and MH Hospitals approved for complete closure 1984
TrentSheffieldScott Road and Commonside HostelsMHOctober 1984

expressed. The participants had before them the recommendations in the Social Services Committee report on community care with special reference to adult mentally ill and mentally handicapped people, published on 28 February. In considering our response to that Report we are taking account of points made at the conference.