75 new secure beds for south west

Posted in News on 4th November, 2016

As part of his visit to the south west this week, NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, has announced a major boost to mental health services in the region.

One of three projects announced for the health service locally, NHS England confirmed that it will fund a new secure mental health unit for adults, reducing the need for people to travel out of the region for care and treatment. Up to 75 beds at The Wellesley Hospital in Wellington (Somerset) will be commissioned in collaboration with our organisation. The beds - which will comprise 60 medium secure and 15 low secure - will be opened in phases according to need, starting from January 2017.

Commenting on the announcement, Dr Jason Fee, Clinical Director for Devon Partnership NHS Trust's Secure Services, said: "This is brilliant news. A few weeks ago we won the bid to lead on the project to change the way we commission and deliver secure mental health services in the south west. This was a real vote of confidence in us and our ability. We know that we can make some significant changes to the way we currently do things - which will improve people's care and help us to make efficiencies. NHS England's investment in 75 more secure beds is a timely boost to the capacity we have in the region and we will start work with our partners immediately to plan the way ahead."