The South East Coast region is home to several large and ambitious mental health foundation trusts but evidence suggests that there has been a victim of one trust’s success.
Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust is looking to expand and in April took over responsibility for delivery of child and adolescent mental health services in Hampshire and healthcare services at Lewes Prison.
However, it said this month it was being forced to relocate eight patients from the Hillside Hospital in Hastings – because its owner Care UK cannot compete with the FT and plans to close the facility in September.
A statement from the FT said: “Developments in the rehabilitation services provided by Sussex Partnership have resulted in more people being supported directly by the NHS. This has meant the owners of Hillside have found it harder to fill all the available places so it has been decided to look for alternative uses for the building.”
The FT also welcomed back its chief executive in May after she had surgery at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust. Sharing the love across the sectors in her latest report, Lisa Rodrigues highlighted the “outstanding care” she had received.
The news is mixed down the road at Surrey and Borders Partnership Foundation Trust. It has an ongoing problem with serious incidents reporting but has been selected to join a “trust reference group” advising the DH on equality and diversity.
Meanwhile, there was a blow in June for Western Sussex Hospitals Trust’s efforts to gain FT status. Its corporate and foundation trust development director Giles Peel joined legal firm Beachcroft as an adviser – presumably on how to become an FT.