Posted on 1st August, 2007
Devon Partnership NHS Trust, the organisation that provides mental health and learning disability services across Devon, is embarking on a 12 week public consultation on how it plans to run as an NHS Foundation Trust. From 9th July 2007 until 29th September 2007 we are seeking views from people on these plans. We have produced a consultation document giving full details about our proposals and how people can get involved. We are holding a number of public meetings and anyone is welcome to attend. As Iain Tulley, Chief Executive for Devon Partnership NHS Trust comments: “We believe that becoming an NHS Foundation Trust will create new opportunities that will help us to improve the way we involve people in developing and delivering services. It will strengthen existing partnership working and allow us to work together with others even more in the future. We will be an organisation with greater financial freedom to allow us to work differently, with people and staff having a greater say in how their local mental health and learning disability services are provided. The next public meeting will be held on 26th September at 6.00pm at The Best Western Tiverton Hotel, Blundells Road, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 4DB. This meeting will also include the Trust's Annual General Meeting. As an NHS Foundation Trust we will still be part of the NHS, but a key difference is that people who have an interest in our Trust will have a real say in how their local mental health and learning disability services are provided. This will be achieved through members that elect governors to advise and influence the Trust and represent the views of members and their local communities. We will remain part of the local health and social care network, playing our part in delivering local services for people in Devon and some specialist services to people across Devon and Cornwall. “ We will be recruiting members before the NHS Foundation Trust is formally established. By becoming a member, service users, carers, staff, the public and other stakeholders will be able to have a greater influence in how the Trust develops and will receive more information and feedback. Those interested in applying to become a member can request an application form from our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 0800 0730 741 or visit our website to apply online here. For further information including applying to become a member click here.