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Southern Health Foundation Trust

Forces mental health contract awarded to NHS consortium

COMMERCIAL: A national contract to provide acute mental health inpatient services for military personnel has been awarded to a partnership of eight NHS mental health trusts, including Southern Health Foundation Trust.

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The “Joining Forces Network” is made up of: Southern Health; Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust; Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys Foundation Trust; Somerset Partnership Foundation Trust; Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust; South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare Foundation Trust; NHS Grampian; and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

The network first secured the contract in 2009.

Southern Health provides six beds for soldiers with severe mental illness at its Parklands Hospital in Basingstoke.

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  • Are there any estimates of how many former or current members of the armed forces are suffering from PTSD ?

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  • Glad to see Tees Esk and Wear in there, as they have Europes largest garrison in their area at Catterick.Their staff have built up experience over years in dealing with military and not forgetting ex-millitary who settle in the area. An often neglected group are the spouses / partners and families of millitary and ex millitary who often suffer a range of disorders linked directly to millitary issues.

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  • When this contract was first awared in 2004, following the closure of the force's own inpatient facility, it went to the private sector (Priory Group). The NHS consortia mentioned in the article won the tender from Priory in 2009 - nice to see them retaining the contract against opposition. Maybe some messages here for otehr services being won by the private sector :-)

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