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If there is an immediate danger to life, please dial 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.

I am in Gloucestershire

If you or someone you know needs help in a mental health crisis, call our crisis teams.

Call 0800 169 0398.

And choose one of the following options depending on your location:

  • Option 1 for Stroud and Cotswolds
  • Option 2 for Gloucester and Forest
  • Option 3 for Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and North Cotswolds

Please note: telephone calls may be recorded. If you do not want that to happen, please tell the person who answers your call and they will phone you back on a ‘non-recordable’ telephone.

The number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Occasionally, callers may be asked to leave their name and number on an answerphone. In these circumstances, staff will return the call within one hour.

I am in Herefordshire

If you are in Herefordshire and need support, please call us using one of the following numbers:

  • Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm, please contact the team or service who currently provide your care.
  • Monday to Friday, 5pm – 9am and 24 hours on weekends and bank holidays, please call our Mental Health Matters Helpline on: 0800 015 7271

These contact numbers are for people already in contact with our services. If you are not currently in contact with us, please call 111 or your GP.

Our out of hours, weekend and bank holiday service is provided by Mental Health Matters.

If you need help but are not in crisis, please contact your GP if in opening hours, or 111. If you don’t have a GP use the NHS service search to locate the nearest one to you. If your query is not urgent, you can find our contact details here.

Are you feeling vulnerable? Do you need to talk to somebody now?

samaritans

Call free on 116 123
If you are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide, you can call the Samaritans.

Stay Alive App

A pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. The app can be accessed through the Apple Store, Google Play and downloaded as a pdf.

childline

Call free on 0800 11 11
If you are a child or a young person you may want to speak to Childline.

selfharm

Call 0808 816 0606
Or text 07537 410 022
A safe, supportive, non-judgmental and informative service for people who self harm, their friends, families and carers.
Opem every day 5pm – 10pm for phone and text support.

Jane Melton appointed to the post of Interim Professional Lead for Allied Health Professionals – One Gloucestershire Integrated Care System (ICS)

The health and care system is pleased to confirm that Professor Jane Melton has been appointed to the interim role of Professional Lead for Allied Health Professionals for the One Gloucestershire ICS from July.

Jane, a registered Occupational Therapist, is Director of Engagement and Integration at 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and will carry out the interim ICS role alongside her existing commitments, until April 2020.

Jane has been described as an outstanding Allied Health Professional with significant strategic, clinical and academic leadership experience gained in a 30 year career.

Jane’s ability to successfully collaborate with healthcare professionals and external stakeholders has already been instrumental in the co-development of an integrated AHPP strategy, which was launched with NHS England involvement.

In her new role, Jane will draw on her rich experience to implement the countywide strategy, lead on service modernisation, AHP workforce planning and provide colleagues with strategic and professional leadership.

This will involve building even stronger links with local, regional and national networks and ensuring that education and training is prioritised, so that professionals and patients have access to the best possible support now and in the years to come.

Jane Melton said:

“AHPs have such a breadth of skills, knowledge and expertise and as we have seen locally, they are ideally placed to lead improvements in the health and wellbeing of our population. I’m really pleased to have the opportunity to continue working alongside fellow AHPs, harnessing their energy and enthusiasm as we continue the work of implementing the AHPs into Action programme and support the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan.”

Gloucestershire ICS Lead, Mary Hutton said:

“With her breadth of experience over many years in the NHS, Jane will be a real asset, providing expertise and advice about AHP issues to the ICS. We know that there’s work to be done to promote and support our AHPs at the heart of the local health and care system and to attract new professionals to Gloucestershire, and I’m delighted that Jane will be championing this work.”

Joint Chief Executive of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, Paul Roberts said:

“AHPs in the county provide an invaluable service both within our hospitals and in community settings. Their role goes beyond caring for people’s physical health; it also encompasses social, emotional and mental wellbeing. I am so pleased that Jane will continue to be a leading light in Gloucestershire and working with professional colleagues, she will play a key role in developing and enhancing the role and profile of AHPs at the forefront of local healthcare.”

Interim Chair of One Gloucestershire ICS, Nick Relph said:

“As the third largest workforce in the NHS, AHPs are at the heart of the One Gloucestershire mission of supporting joined up care. Jane Melton has long been a champion for AHP professions and I am delighted that she will be continuing with this work as we develop the Gloucestershire ICS and deliver the NHS Long Term Plan.”

Jane brings a track record of service development that is shared with service users, their families, colleagues and local communities.

Her exceptional contribution to practice was acknowledged through a Fellowship of the College of Occupational Therapists in 2012.

Alongside her dedication to practice, Jane has achieved doctoral level qualifications and published collaborative, research and practice development activity. Her academic connections are maintained through her honorary professorial role with Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

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