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Mental health trust secures new beds from private provider

Nottinghamshire’s mental health trust has secured 16 additional beds from a private provider in a bid to reduce the number of patients sent out of area for treatment.

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will take control of a ward at the Priory Group’s Calverton Hill facility on August 1.

Confirmation of the beds came as it was revealed that a patient requiring mental health treatment recently spent more than 14 hours waiting to be transferred from Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust due to a lack of capacity at Nottinghamshire Healthcare.

The beds have been subcontracted to the trust in a two year-deal and will be used by adults requiring inpatient mental health treatment.

Calverton Hill, in Arnold, is a medium secure unit for adults with mental illness or personality disorders.

It supports patients detained under the Mental Health Act and prisoners with a mental health disorder.

Paul Smeeton, executive director for local partnerships at Nottinghamshire Healthcare, said the ward that has been sub-contracted to the trust is being changed to a “normal acute ward”.

He said: “We have been facing demand for mental health inpatient admissions and quite a lot has been people from Nottingham. We want to be able to provide more care for people closer to home.

“It has been rising gradually by about five or six percent a year. The way that we’ve dealt with that previously is that we have had to place people of out Nottinghamshire, which isn’t good for them because they are out of their social network.”

The Post reported in March, that Nottinghamshire Healthcare spent £818,004 on out of area placements between November 1, 2016, and January 31, 2017.

Michelle Livingston, chair of Healthwatch Nottinghamshire, welcomed the news as a “positive step” for mental health services.

She said: “We know that demand on inpatient services both locally and nationally is very high.”We also know, from information shared with Healthwatch, that it can be a very distressing experience for those who receive inpatient services at locations far from their residence, and for their loved ones.”Adding capacity to improve patient experiences for those who receive care is a development we would welcome.”

Source :Nottingham Post