Sanctuary House update

Sanctuary House provides a non-clinical service that offers respite support for people aged 18 and older, and who are under the care of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFT) for their mental health.

It is funded jointly by the NHS and Cornwall Council through a Section 75 pooled fund for mental health.

The service was reviewed last year to ensure it continued to provide the best possible clinical outcomes for people who use it. In November we told the provider that we would no longer fund this service when its contract ends on 31 March 2019. The decision to disinvest is never taken lightly, and decisions are underpinned by a range of evidence and feedback, which demonstrate the impact on improving people’s mental health.

During the past week we have listened to people’s concerns about the impact this decision will have on their health, and the options available to support their wellbeing.

As responsible commissioners, we have decided to pause this process and will work with the provider during the next three months to ensure that services remain available, appropriate to each individual client’s needs. We have informed the provider of this decision, and asked them to not accept any new bookings.

Anyone who is using the service will continue to have their overall mental health care needs met by CFT.