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National mental health lead praises Oxford AHSN

The national clinical director of mental health for England has praised the work of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network.

Dr Geraldine Strathdee made her comments after taking part in a mental health meeting in Oxford on 13 March which heard four of the Oxford AHSN clinical networks set out their plans.

She tweeted: “Really fantastic day with @OxfordAHSN listening and feeling inspired by positive energy to transform #mentalhealth services!”

In another tweet Dr Strathdee said: “It’s really great that @OxfordAHSN are aiming to standardise best Early Intervention in Psychosis care right across their geographical area.” She told her Twitter followers of the important collaboration between adolescent and adult services in this field.

You can read more about the Oxford AHSN early intervention clinical network here.

Earlier Dr Strathdee provided a national perspective at the event at the Oxford Science Park. She said: “It’s an exciting time to be in mental health despite the economic pressures.”

The meeting also heard from the Oxford AHSN leads for anxiety and depression, dementia and physical and mental comorbidity.

There was also a presentation on patient safety and mental health.