Health bosses refuse to support mental health trust's foundation trust application

Springfield University Hospital in Tooting

Springfield University Hospital in Tooting

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Health bosses have refused to support a large mental health service becoming a foundation trust due to a number of "quality concerns".

Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) does not support the Tooting-based South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust taking the step towards independence from central government.

Sutton is the only CCG to refuse the trust, which serves Sutton, Richmond, Merton and Wandsworth, in its application.

They have outlined a number of issues including concerns about the implementation of its review into Sutton’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

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Recently it was revealed father Jason Clark, 45, whose daughter Leah, 16, has used CAMHS since she was diagnosed with autism eight years ago, raised a number of concerns about the trust.

These include the replacing of experts, such as psychologists, with junior nurses, centralising staff, and a lack of consultation with parents.

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David Bradley, chief executive of South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust, said: "By becoming a foundation trust, our members and governors will be able ensure we are meeting the needs of the community and hold us to account if we are not.

"We’re working closely with our partners at Sutton CCG to address their concerns and raise the profile of mental health and well-being."

A spokesperson for NHS Sutton CCG said: "We understand that the trust will be disappointed with our decision but we have not been reassured that the trust has addressed the issues  that  the CCG has raised or fully explained the impact of their Integrated Business Plan on services in Sutton.  However, we will continue to work with the trust on our areas of concern with regard to their foundation trust application."

Sutton CCG has also raised concerns about the trust’s Crocus Ward, which treats elderly people, in Springfield University Hospital in Tooting, and action has since been taken.

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9:51pm Fri 7 Mar 14

howiseeit says...

So where is the real mental hospital if you really need help
considering there was about 20 around sutton and epsom its abit of a joke there is none for some people who so need that care
So where is the real mental hospital if you really need help considering there was about 20 around sutton and epsom its abit of a joke there is none for some people who so need that care howiseeit
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5:05pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Michael Pantlin says...

Sutton CCG seem to want to throw a spanner in the works of services for our area, disapproving of Springfield Hospital which is somehow supposed to replace the closed Belmont Hoapital and Sutton Chiltern wards replacement.
Is their plan under the chairmanship of a former LibDem politician to leave us with nothing after the GPs have gone off home for the weekend or do they want to transfer all the NHS dosh they get their hands on to private health providers in which they may even have a personal shaerholding?
Sutton CCG seem to want to throw a spanner in the works of services for our area, disapproving of Springfield Hospital which is somehow supposed to replace the closed Belmont Hoapital and Sutton Chiltern wards replacement. Is their plan under the chairmanship of a former LibDem politician to leave us with nothing after the GPs have gone off home for the weekend or do they want to transfer all the NHS dosh they get their hands on to private health providers in which they may even have a personal shaerholding? Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 3

1:26pm Sun 9 Mar 14

From beer to uncertainty says...

'Group hug' sessions for paranoid schizophrenics would be an excellent further example of how private health providers can bridge unmet needs. Follow-up life skills workshops could have screwdriver sharpening seminars?
'Group hug' sessions for paranoid schizophrenics would be an excellent further example of how private health providers can bridge unmet needs. Follow-up life skills workshops could have screwdriver sharpening seminars? From beer to uncertainty
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