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​South west London mental health consultation ends​​​

The 12 week public consultation about the future location for mental health inpatient facilities for people in south west London closed on 21 December 2014.    

The consultation, led by five CCGs in south west London and NHS England, put forward a number of proposals for inpatient and community based services provided by South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG). 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 consultation also considered the future location of a range of specialist mental health inpatient services serving a wider catchment area.

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 make it harder for frontline staff to deliver high quality care.

The aim of the consultation is to enhance the quality of clinical care, improve the experience for service users and carers, while bringing the Trust into line with current guidance and best practice. 

We would like to thank everyone that responded for their views and comments. 

Documentation, including the full consultation document and feedback forms, is available on the NHS Kingston CCG website –




Notes to editors​

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 SWLSTG.

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. 

The next steps will be:

  • An independent report prepared analysing responses to the consultation:  mid-January 2015
  • CCGs will meet in public and make their decisions.
  • NHS England will makes its decision: mid-February 2015 to mid-March 2015

The dates of the meetings at which commissioners will decide the option they wish to take forward will be published as soon as the arrangements for these meetings are available.

About Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)

CCGs are clinically-led statutory NHS bodies responsible for the planning and commissioning of healthcare services for their local area. There are 211 CCGs in England.

There are five CCGs which commission mental health services from South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust – Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth.

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About NHS England

NHS England is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department of Health. NHS England oversees the budget, planning, delivery and day-to-day operation of the commissioning side of the NHS in England, as set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012. It holds the contracts for GPs and NHS dentists.

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About South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG)

SWLSTG works in partnership with colleagues in primary care, local authorities and the non-statutory sector to:

  • Promote mental health and improve awareness of its importance
  • Support people with mental health problems and their families
  • Provide care and treatment to the highest standards
  • Help schools and employers to challenge stigma

Its aim is to serve the mental health needs of everyone in its diverse communities.

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