PERFORMANCE: The London Ambulance Service Trust is piloting a scheme with Hillingdon Hospitals Foundation Trust on a scheme to divert mental health patients from A&E.

The hospital outlined the pilot in a report to the board.

It said: “The trust is working with the London Ambulance Service on a pilot scheme to screen mental health patients to identify alternate care provision outside the acute setting. Other areas around the country have benefitted from having this type of support and ownership in primary care.”

The news came after the trust revealed it was missing an operating framework performance target on the number of unplanned follow-up attendances within seven days of discharge from A&E.

The target is less than five per cent but the trust has recorded a 6.1 per cent rate in the year-to-date, which rises to eight per cent if attendances at the urgent care centre are excluded.