Deputy Prime Minister impressed following visit

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, visited Green Parks House in Bromley on Thursday last week as he prepared to launch a new mental health action plan.

Mr Clegg was joined by Mental Health Campaigner Alastair Campbell. They spent time talking to staff and people who have used our services and visited Betts Ward where they were given a warm welcome.

Today, as he launched a new Government mental health action plan, Mr Clegg described Oxleas as an example of "the best possible mental health care in the world". He continued: "at Oxleas Mental Health Services, which I visited last week, and which is already seen as an innovator in this field, they are taking a new approach to gathering feedback from their patients. This involves producing short films based on patient interviews about care, which are then viewed and discussed by the patients and staff to identify ways to improve services." The approach Mr Clegg described is our experience based co-design (EBCD) work on Betts Ward, an adult acute ward at the unit.

Mr Clegg said: "I would like to thank all the staff at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust - I was so impressed with their commitment to listening to their patients, focusing on their needs and involving them in important decisions about their care. Even when patients have gone back home, staff keep in touch with them throughout their illness. And it really makes a difference. That's why I have announced a new mental health action plan today, so that patients throughout the NHS will benefit from services designed for them and so that we can bring mental health out of the shadows."

The visit was filmed and footage has been used by the BBC and Sky today.

Published on 20th January 2014