17 June 2015

An insight into the new Community Rehabilitation Service

Graham Russell, Chair of mental health charity Second Step with Jill Shepherd, Chief Officer of Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Aileen Edwards (far right in photo), Second Step's Chief Executive at the launch of Bristol's new Community Rehabilitation Service at The Station in central Bristol.

Jill Shepherd told guests that the new service was taking a community-centred approach with high aspirations for all its clients. "A key aim of the service is for 80% of people to progress to their own tenancy or into supported living within two years." She also said the service would embrace innovative thinking and ways of working.

The new service, part of Bristol Mental Health, had its official launch on 4 June 2015. The service, led by Bristol-based mental health charity Second Step with women's mental health organisation Missing Link and the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Trust  Partnership, (AWP), expects to work with around 100 people in a highly intensive way either in their own homes or in community settings during the first year. Part of the service is a 10-bed accommodation unit called Wellbridge House - currently in the Brentry area of Bristol - which offers 24-hour support to its clients.


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