THE provider of mental healthcare services in Herefordshire is joining with another Gloucestershire-based trust.
2gether NHS Foundation Trust (2gether) and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust (GCS) will join together under the leadership of one chairman and one chief executive.
“It has become increasingly clear, both locally and nationally, that ‘there is no health without mental health’ and that a combined provider of mental and physical services could benefit many of the people we separately support.” Chairwomen Ruth Fitz John (2gether) and Ingrid Barker (GCS) added: “We believe that an integrated approach will further improve the experience and outcomes our patients and service users receive.
"It will also enable us to offer a better service to our healthcare partners – such as GPs and the acute hospitals – as well as other statutory and voluntary agencies.
Staff within both organisations have been informed, and will be continuously updated in the weeks and months to come.
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If anything I would say this has made me feel worse rather than better."We now know that treating and supporting the ‘whole person’ can aid prevention, improve recovery, increase life expectancies and generally enhance our overall wellbeing."Combining our clinical expertise and care pathways will, we believe, benefit everyone in our communities.” Sue Field, director of nursing at GCS, said: “Our nurses and allied health professionals working in community health services know well the impact long term physical health conditions can have on people’s mental health.“This will also be beneficial for everyone who works for both organisations.
"Combining our collective resources, knowledge, innovation and expertise, will enable us to provide a broader career path and open up new ways of working, which we hope will benefit our colleagues as well as our communities.” Consultant psychiatrist, Dr Amjad Uppal, of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, said: “There is a growing base of clinical evidence that mental and physical health care should become more integrated.Get given an appt with a mental health nurse (who won't be able to prescribe) with 2 weeks wait , which gets cancelled so there is another 2 week wait. I'm virtually frothing at the mouth and developing an addiction to clonazepam but you just make me jump through hoops in order to get a medication review! Reception needs training to be a little bit more compassionate.