As a doctor with several years of experience working in the NHS, Dan has always been aware of the importance an individual’s mental health has upon their broader physical wellbeing. Last week, he visited the 2 Fields Farm near Debenham, which is a growing project that will promote sustainable living and support more vulnerable local people in our communities by enabling them to carry out activities such as vegetable growing and caring for livestock within a structured routine. Jeannie Buckingham, who runs the 2 Fields Farm, spoke to Dan about her plans to develop the farm, which will include the rebuilding of a timber frame barn, fruit tree planting and the creation of a sustainable forest garden spread over 2 acres of woodland.
Care farms use agricultural and farm-related activities to help some of the most vulnerable people in society, such as those with mental health problems, to improve their health and wellbeing. Dan has written before about the need to deliver more community-focussed and integrated local healthcare services to look after our growing older population in Suffolk, and farms such as 2 Fields will have a vital role to play in working with GPs, hospitals and local adult Social Services to look after people with dementia and other mental health problems in their own communities in future.
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Drug Treatment Services (16 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Member for Manchester, Withington (Jeff Smith) on securing the debate. I agree with everything he said. I draw the attention of Members to my declaration of interest as a practising NHS psychiatrist and as someone who has worked in drug addiction, or drug treatment, services. I do not intend to rehearse the discussion on the lack of, or reduction in, funding for the...
Children and Mental Health Services — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (16 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate; he is making some very good points. As he recognises, CAMHS are the Cinderella services of the Cinderella service—mental health is still woefully underfunded in comparison with many other parts of the NHS. Does he also recognise that CAMHS recruitment is a real challenge? The August 2019 fill rates for higher trainees in the UK stand at...