We're committed to reduce the number of patients in secure care
Posted on Feb 4 2020 by Bobbie Kelly
We are in discussions to sell our Mansfield hospital to Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHNHST), in order to increase our focus on community care and reduce the number of patients in secure care.
The sale of the Mansfield hospital requires final approval from the St Andrew’s Board and the Trust’s Board, and if approved, would take place by December 2020.
Katie Fisher, St Andrew’s CEO said:
“We are committed to supporting the Government’s Transforming Care programme. By making this change we will be able to reduce the number of people with autism and learning disabilities who are living in secure care, and increase the number of individuals who are supported within the community, in a less restrictive setting.”
Mansfield is a state-of-the-art hospital currently providing services for males with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Learning Disabilities (LD), across three wards offering a mix of medium and low secure care. The site houses 64 beds, with 43 patients being cared for at the hospital at present. Up to 200 staff are currently employed at the site.
Katie Fisher, St Andrew’s CEO added:
“We’re working very closely with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to see if they would like to recruit existing St Andrew’s staff, and we will make every effort to find other roles within St Andrew’s for those who are able to work at our Birmingham, Northampton and Essex hospitals.”
John Brewin, Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire Healthcare said:
“We are delighted to be making this move to improve mental health services in the local area. We have long known that our current unit, Millbrook is not fit for purpose and our patients deserve a better physical environment when they are at their most vulnerable and unwell. Our staff work very hard in conditions which are not as good as they should be. This move will consolidate our local position as a provider of high quality, caring and compassionate services. We are actively recruiting to new posts and would welcome any interest from current staff at St Andrew’s who may want to remain in the area. I look forward to further developments around this revised service offer.”