Cygnet Health Care is a member of the Independent Mental Health Services Alliance (IMHSA). IMHSA is a group of independent mental health service providers. Apart from Cygnet members include The Ansel Group, Partnerships in Care, MHC, St Andrew's and Care UK. We are dedicated to improved outcomes for people with mental health problems. Collectively IMHSA runs more than 600 settings across the country, delivering a wide range of high-quality services to adults with mental health problems.
The Independent Mental Health Services Alliance is a group of leading providers, dedicated to improved outcomes for people with mental health problems, in a system where they are free to choose care and support based on quality and cost-effectiveness.
IMHSA members work to provide high-quality, innovative and outcome focused services for patients across a full spectrum of mental health needs in partnership with and on behalf of the NHS.
Patient choice and cost effectiveness of care will only happen with fair competition between all providers as part of a transparent decision-making process. This should be the default option for commissioners because it will improve services for patients in a time of financial pressure for the NHS. Restrictive practices should not be tolerated within a system that prides itself on equitable access to health services.
Vulnerable people with mental health problems, their families and advocates, are losing out on the opportunity to make informed choices about how and where they are treated. Other NHS patients have much more control over their treatment. This is discrimination and must change. A tariff for mental health services is needed now and a wider range of mental health services should be included in the priority list for AQP.
Our members support vulnerable people with some of the most complex needs and challenging behaviours in the NHS. We are integral to mental health and wellbeing services. Our focus on providing integrated pathways for high acuity patients saves the NHS money, liberates their resources and encourages people to achieve their individual potential.
Investment in mental health services supports and enables vulnerable people and delivers savings over time. Evidence shows that people who are supported and treated effectively will suffer less from addictions, be less reliant on the state and are less likely to fall into criminal behaviour - or repeat offending - they also contribute much more to society.
Too often when choosing mental health services, people do not know where to turn. IMHSA's members provide easily accessible support and advice for service users, their families and commissioners as they make those decisions.
For more information about IMHSA please visit their website, www.imhsa.org.uk.