Seven NHS mental health trusts have been awarded contracts to provide inpatient mental health services to serving defence personnel.

The trusts said they would work in partnership to provide care across the country. Led by South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare foundation trust, the partnership includes Cambridgeshire and Peterborough foundation trust, NHS Grampian, Hampshire Partnership trust, Lincolnshire Partnership foundation trust, Somerset Partnership foundation trust and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys foundation trust.

Defence minister Kevan Jones said the move would help ensure service personnel got the best care available close to their home or parent unit.

He said: "It matches the community-based approach that we follow for our outpatients."