The mental health providers of the South East coast region are currently keen to engage in some cross border commercial activity.

Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust has just won a contract from Hampshire County Council and NHS Hampshire to provide specialist community mental health services for young people.

The £24m deal is for specialist child and adolescent mental health tier two and three services across Hampshire outside Portsmouth and Southampton. According to a trust press statement, it is “by far the largest out of catchment area contract win for the trust”.

Comments by Sussex Partnership chair John Bacon suggest the trust may not be content to stop there. He said: “This is a significant milestone. It underlines how we are gaining a national reputation for certain specialist mental health services.”

Meanwhile, Oxleas Trust – which has one foot in south London and another in Kent – is looking at a joint procurement plan with South West London and St George’s.

The two mental health trusts are leading on proposals for the joint “re-procurement” of the RiO patient records system for a group of trusts that use the system. Board papers say this would take a “consortium approach with a formal agreement”, allowing trusts the benefits of sharing a single database, running costs and local support costs.

However, while all this joint work is going on elsewhere, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust has just ended an integrated provider deal.

At the end of March a section 75 integrated provider agreement for learning disabilities ended between the mental health trust and Kent County Council, following the transfer of services to Kent Community Health.