STRUCTURE: Bedfordshire PCT has approved recommendations on how mental health inpatient services will be run by South Essex Partnership University FT (SEPT).

A public consultation from October to December 2010 asked for views on proposals to modernise and improve mental health inpatient assessment and admission services for adults and older people in Bedfordshire and Luton, which are provided by SEPT.

A press release said the changes aim “to bring currently dispersed services more closely together so staff can work more effectively and link up better with other services, such as social care, housing and employment services that can be so important to people with mental illness.

“The plans would see some inpatient assessment and admission services move from residential areas in Luton and Houghton Regis to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital site and inpatient services for older people with Alzheimer’s disease move from the hospital site to Townsend Court in Houghton Regis.

“In Bedford Borough, the plans would see services moving out of Weller Wing at Bedford Hospital to refurbished and new facilities on or near to Bedford Health Village, which used to be the North Wing site of Bedford Hospital.”