Erewash MP Maggie Throup has made a visit to mental health facilities in the area to learn about an innovative new approach to treatment.
Maggie, who sits on the parliamentary health select committee visited two Aspire Mental Healthcare centres to learn about the pioneering work of y consultant psychiatrist Dr Ivan Bakaltchev.
Aspire founder Dr Bakaltchev showed her around the purpose-built facilities at Riverside Gardens in Sandiacre, which opened a year ago, and Chilwell House in Ilkeston.
Both facilities were developed to combat the so-called ‘revolving door’ syndrome in mental healthcare, where mental health patients are repeatedly readmitted to hospital due to lack of ongoing support back in the community.
Maggie said: “I was deeply impressed by Dr Bakaltchev’s vision for continuity of care in the community and by the evident success of his approach.”
She also welcomed Aspire’s plans for a further facility in Heanor, due to open soon and plans for a specialist unit in Long Eaton, which will offer 26 self-contained apartments for vulnerable people with challenging behaviour and learning difficulties.
Aspire Mental Healthcare provides residential recovery and rehabilitation services, including step down and supported living facilities and re-enablement centres to prepare people for independent living back in the community.
Maggie added: “I woul like to see more facilities like those offered by Aspire. There is a real need for this kind of support in the community for mental health sufferers. I found my visit with Dr Bakaltchev very inspiring.
“He has created a model of care that puts the needs of the individual patients first, delivers positive and tangible outcomes, while providing a valuable service to the local community.”
Dr Bakaltchev said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Maggie. She took a keen interest in our work, spoke to some of our health care workers and we are delighted to receive her pledge of support going forward.”