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Changes to mental health services in Cumbria

Posted on the 26th September 2019

Next week will see a number of changes to the way mental health and learning disability services are delivered across Cumbria with services in south Cumbria transferring over to Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.

These services in Cumbria are currently provided by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. From 1 October 2019, services in the south of the county will transfer to Lancashire Care with those in the north transferring to Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW).

To reflect the new geographical area to be covered by the Trust, Lancashire Care will change its name from the beginning of October to ‘Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust.’ The new name has been decided together with our service users, stakeholders and staff.

Caroline Donovan, Chief Executive at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“We are very pleased to welcome colleagues and service users from south Cumbria to our Trust. There are some real strengths across the Trusts and together we will build upon these to co-produce quality improvements and service transformation with service users, staff and partners. 

“I feel very positive about the future and the progress we can make together and with the input of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, an organisation that is currently rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC and is our improvement partner.”

In preparation for the transfer, Lancashire Care has also been working with its partners on improving services and mapping out how services will be transformed across the whole of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System footprint. We have also secured additional funding for our improvement work and have been working closely with NTW, who have a CQC rating of ‘outstanding’, to learn from them.

Gary O’Hare, Director of Nursing and Operations at NTW, will join the Trust on 1 October to support the transfer of services as our Locality Director for South Cumbria. Gary has significant expertise in quality improvement and service transformation from over 30 years in the NHS.