STAFF at a health trust are looking forward to providing an improved local response to residents in the Basingstoke area when it comes to the delivery of mental health and learning disability services.
The Hampshire Partnership NHS Trust has been given NHS Foundation Trust status and will have more latitude to decide how best to meet the needs of local people.
In the Basingstoke area, the trust provides inpatient mental health services for adults and older people at Parklands Hospital, three community mental health teams for adults and a community learning disabilities team, as well as other specialist teams.
Nick Yeo, chief executive of Hampshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We owe a lot to our staff and members who have shown dedication, hard work and commitment throughout the whole application process.”
The Hampshire Partnership Trust gained trust status following several months of rigorous assessments by Monitor, the independent regulator of Foundation Trusts, to prove it is a financially sustainable, well-run organisation and representative of the local community and patients’ needs alike.
Carol Bode, chairman of Hampshire Partnership NHS Trust, added: “This is a great achievement for us. It provides us with that extra bit of freedom to better respond to local needs alongside delivering our national health priorities.
“We are pushing ahead now to see how, as an NHS Foundation Trust, we can continue to improve local mental health and learning disability services, working with our patients, their families and our partners.”
Members of the public can sign up to be a member of the foundation trust.
Details can be found on the trust’s new website www.hampshirepartnership.nhs.uk, by emailing email@example.com or telephoning 02380 874253.
Basingstoke Gazette, 9th April 2009