COMMERCIAL: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has won a contract to provide specialist community mental health services for young people in Hampshire.

The £224m a year FT has won a competitive tender for a health contract from Hampshire County Council and NHS Hampshire.

The contract, worth £24m over three years, is for specialist child and adolescent mental health (CAMHs) Tier Two and Three services across the county outside Portsmouth and Southampton.

The new service was launched this month with the 190 existing staff transferring from the previous NHS providers to Sussex Partnership.

According to a trust press statement, the contract is “by far the largest out of catchment area contract win for the trust”.

The service will be managed by CAMHS Service Director Simone Button.

Sussex Partnership Chair John Bacon said: “This is a significant milestone for Sussex Partnership as well as for the staff and the young people and their carers who rely on specialist mental health services in Hampshire.

“It underlines how we are gaining a national reputation for certain specialist mental health services.”