Barking and Dagenham mental health service to blaze trail in NHS

People suffering from personality disorders are set to receive improved therapies after an east London service was named one of the leading sites in the country.

Health minister Norman Lamb has announced the service would become one of three national “demonstrator sites”, meaning it will help to shape psychological therapy services in England.

The personality disorder service is run by North East London NHS Foundation Trust, which helps patients in Barking and Dagenham.

Mr Lamb unveiled the site with staff from the mental health trust at the Department of Health on December 19.

The trust’s lead for personality disorder services, Janet Feigenbaum, said: “We are leading the way when it comes to giving people with personality disorders access to psychological therapies as part of their treatment.”

Care and support minister Norman Lamb said: “These improving access to psychological therapies demonstrator sites will benefit those with the most severe mental illnesses and personality disorders and will help policy makers.”