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Published: 19/07/2016

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust to lead new approach to transform secure mental health services

A network including NHS Trusts across the south of England and an Oxfordshire-based charity have won a bid to improve care for adult mental health service users who may be a risk to others.

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust led the successful application to develop a new model of care for low and medium secure adult mental health services. The Trust will be leading services across one of the six sites testing new approaches to delivering mental health care nationwide.

This initiative is part of NHS England’s greater investment and commitment to mental health care nationally, as set out in the ‘Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health’, which is published today.

Under the initiative led by Oxford Health, seven organisations which specialise in providing mental health care will work together to coordinate inpatient and community-based services across Buckinghamshire (including Milton Keynes), Oxfordshire, East and West Berkshire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, and Dorset. The new network aims to provide care closer to home and reduce the need for hospital admissions and out-of-area treatments.

The organisations making up the network are:

People needing the ‘forensic’ mental health services provided by this new network experience a range of illnesses, personality disorders, substance misuse problems and neurodevelopmental disorders, and specialist care is required to manage their risk of harm to others.

Stuart Bell, Oxford Health’s Chief Executive, said: “We are thrilled to have led the application to provide a new model of care where the focus is on safe and effective treatment, organised around patients' needs, and developing the secure care pathway.”

“This network of seven organisations aims to deliver outcomes that matter to patients, supporting their recovery and reducing the risk they might pose to others.”

“Collaboration between care providers across the region means that we are better placed to provide care closer to home, minimise transitions between services, and make such transitions as smooth as possible.”

This initiative is part of NHS England’s Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, which emphasized the need for new mental health care models that promote innovations to produce joined up in-patient and community care. This Forward View also emphasizes the need to eliminate the cost of out-of-area treatments and the importance of providing care in the least restrictive setting, and close to home.

To achieve these aims, earlier this year NHS England invited applications from mental health service providers to manage a number of budgets, including for low and medium secure adult mental health services. The application led by Oxford Health NHS England was one of the successful applications.


Notes to Editors

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Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (OHFT) provides physical, mental health and social care for people of all ages across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset. Our services are delivered at community bases, hospitals, clinics and people’s homes. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.

As a leading teaching, training and research trust, we have close links to Oxford and Oxford Brookes, Buckinghamshire, Reading and Bath universities. We are part of the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre, working closely with our university colleagues to translate their findings into clinical care as quickly as possible, enabling people using our services to benefit from the latest advances in healthcare.

In everything we do, we strive to be caring, safe and excellent.

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest trusts in the UK, caring for people with a wide range of physical and mental health needs.

We provide a wide range of services to treat people with a variety of health needs. In broad terms, these include common physical health problems, long-term conditions, mental health, learning disabilities, eating disorders, addictions and sexual health. We are here to provide support for people through every stage of life.

The majority of our services are provided in the community, which means treating people in their homes or from clinics close to home. Where community care is not possible we offer a number of facilities to treat people in hospital or residential environments. We also provide healthcare in prisons in London and the surrounding areas.

It has almost 7,000 staff providing healthcare to a third of London’s population, Milton Keynes and areas beyond.

About Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

We provide community health, specialist mental health and learning disability services for people across the south of England. Covering Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, we are one of the largest providers of these types of service in the UK. We employ more than 8,000 staff who work from over 200 sites serving a population of around 1.3 million people. These sites include community hospitals, health centres, inpatient units and social care services. Our aim is to provide high quality, safe services, which improve the health, wellbeing and independence of our patients and service users.

About Solent NHS Trust
Solent NHS Trust
was created on 1 April 2011.We specialise in providing high quality, best value community and mental health services. We do this by putting individuals and their families at the heart of our decision making, and by forming strategic partnerships with other organisations so that our service users and commissioners benefit from local, integrated community solutions.

Response is an Oxfordshire based charity that has supported individuals who have mental health problems for more than thirty years. We provide a diverse range of supported housing options designed to meet individual health and social care/ support needs.

We are at the centre of co-designed and co-delivered services for individuals with complex issues, including: autistic conditions, substance use and anti-social behaviours. Response currently accommodates and supports more than two hundred and fifty individuals and provides home support services throughout the county. Response is committed to delivering a service that enables people with mental health problems to live their lives as independently as possible.


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