Published: 17/03/2005, Volume II5, No. 5947 Page 27

Commission reports

Gloucestershire Partnership trust has been commended for its involvement of service users in early psychosis intervention work.

A clinical governance review from the Healthcare Commission has found that the trust provides a number of high-quality services, especially for substance abuse, eating disorders and adults of working age, including many that provide a more holistic model of care.

But the trust has not agreed a mental health commissioning strategy, so further development of services and robust workforce planning is being hindered.

Action is also needed to empower medical clinical leaders to ensure that all doctors engage with the organisation.

A commitment to ensuring service users are at the centre of everything the organisation does has been noted by a commission report on South of Tyne and Wearside Mental Health trust.

It has recently been designated a mental health recovery development site by the National Institute for Mental Health in England.

The report notes that the trust is aware that clinical leadership needs to be developed and adds that its clinical awareness strategy must also be developed.

A clinical governance review of Cornwall Partnership trust, carried out by the commission, has found the trust to be committed to modernising local mental health services and focusing services on service users.

New facility opens

Central and North West London Mental Health trust has opened a new facility for North Westminster and North Kensington residents.

The Woodfield Road mental health unit includes two 12-bed rehabilitation units, a day hospital for 30 users a day and a new base for the north Paddington community mental health team.

The unit has been jointly funded by Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea primary care trusts.

Sussex unity

Specialist mental health, learning disability and substance misuse services across East and West Sussex are now managed under a single team.

The two trust boards said the move would allow development of services in the area and closer staff links.

West Sussex Health and Social Care trust chief executive Lisa Rodrigues is chief executive of the new leadership team, which has been drawn from both trusts. The trusts will continue to have separate boards and finance arrangements.

Teaching excellence

Middlesex University has opened a national centre for excellence in teaching and learning for mental health and social work.

Funded by a£3.5m award from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the centre will provide multidisciplinary teaching in mental health and social work, including team training and mentoring in the workplace. The university's collaboration with the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, including a number of joint appointments, will continue.