Norman Lamb interview: How could mental health care be improved at universities? Watch
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Q7. How could mental health care be improved at universities?
Do you think this would improve care at your university?
For the individuals he spoke to for whom he was able act as an intermediary with NHS England and 'break down barriers', that's fantastic; but in the wider scheme they are a statistical anomaly and if the only other thing Lamb can offer up is 'Let's just...I want a...sort of...student guarantee that you get access to support.'
Nah, I'm sorry, that's not really a good enough answer when you're the Minister of State for Care.That's a reply you'd expect from, say, the Director of a mental health charity or a backbench MP.
And even if he did introduce legislation to 'reduce bureaucracy' I wonder how much of an effect it would have. The prevailing wisdom in social work/health-care circles for years now is that patient-centered approaches yield significantly better results when it comes to emotional, intellectual and social needs yet there didn't seem to be any acknowledgement that the service users themselves are a key proponent in the system.
Unrelated, I thought there was a moment which is reflective of how older generations and politicians in particular are insultingly dismissive of younger people. Apparently twenty-somethings, as a rule of thumb, wouldn't be able to do something as basic as re-register with a GP when the care they know they need is dependent on it? Yeah. Cheers.
(Of course this is all relatively academic as 6 weeks time Norman Lamb will booted to the backbenches)