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​Next steps for mental health consultation in south west London

 

The five south west London CCGs and NHS England held a public consultation between September and December 2014 about inpatient services, and some specialised services, provided by South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

The consultation sought views on the future use of facilities at Springfield Hospital in Tooting, Tolworth Hospital in Kingston and Queen Mary's Hospital in Roehampton.

The decision making bodies will receive the draft independent report later today, Friday 23 January 2015. They will be considering this report alongside all the clinical and financial evidence, responses to the consultation and feedback from councillors, MPs, service users, staff and stakeholders. They will make their final decision at the public Board meetings of each Clinical Commissioning Group, which will be held between 26 February and 17 March 2015.

The full report with the recommendations for the CCGs and the final version of the independent report will be published online mid February 2015.

Most of the existing mental health inpatient facilities in south west London are old, not suitable for modernisation, not designed for today's mental health care and very expensive to maintain. They do not provide a good, supportive environment for patients and carers. They also make it harder for frontline staff to deliver high quality care.

The proposed changes to mental health inpatient services aim to improve the quality of clinical care and the experience for service users and carers, bringing local services in line with current guidance and best practice.

We would like to thank everyone that responded for their views and comments. You can read about the consultation online at www.kingstonccg.nhs.uk.

​Board meeting dates:

Merton CCG Board meetingThursday 26 February 2015
Kingston CCG Board meeting
Tuesday 3 March 2015
Sutton CCG Board meeting
Wednesday 4 March 2015
Wandsworth CCG Board meetingWednesday 11 March 2015
Richmond CCG Board meetingTuesday 17 March 2015

 

The consultation was led by five NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in south west London – NHS Kingston, NHS Merton, NHS Richmond, NHS Sutton and NHS Wandsworth – alongside NHS England and South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

The proposals were developed through discussion between the Trust, patients, carers, local organisations with an interest in mental health, and with NHS commissioners who decide how NHS money should be spent.

The consultation lasted for 12 weeks between 29 September 2014 and 21 December 2014. The consultation also heard from interested parties and service users through a series of dedicated public meetings and a webinar.