PERFORMANCE: Suffolk Partnership trust has predicted a “tough year” ahead due to a challenging savings target and the tendering of talking therapies services in the year.

Chief executive Aiden Thomas’s report to the April board meeing said: “At the same time the trust faces a tough year with a £5m savings target, and
tendering for IAPT [Improving Access to Psychological Therapies] services in mid year.”

“The trust is considering how it approaches the forthcoming Suffolk IAPT tender and is agreeing a team to take this work forward”, Mr Thomas added.

The report also said the trust’s merger with Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Foundation Trust had been approved by strategic health authority NHS East of England.

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