Find out more about your local NHS Trust at Southern Health’s Annual Members’ Meeting

7 September 2023

Residents across Hampshire are invited to join Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust’s Annual Members Meeting on Tuesday 19 September 6pm – 8pm.  All are welcome to attend. 

The Annual Members Meeting offers people across Hampshire the chance to hear about the Trust’s latest developments, exciting projects as well as key challenges.

There will also be the opportunity to learn more about Project fusion – the current work to create a new, combined NHS Foundation Trust to deliver community, mental health and learning disability services across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Lynne Hunt, Chair, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, says

“I welcome anyone to attend and look forward to sharing the evening with as many of you as possible.  It is a great opportunity to find out what we have been doing the last year and a particularly exciting time for healthcare in Hampshire with the creation of the new Trust to cover all of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.  I always enjoy hearing from our staff and patients about the work we are doing to make a difference to their lives, so this year’s presentations really do tell those stories”.

Following the success of previous years, this year’s event will be virtual, via Zoom, enabling guest to join from the comfort of their living room. Continuing the Trust’s commitment to working with local businesses and enterprises, the event will be produced by Drop the Mask Productions, a local Community Interest Company who employ talented people with lived experience.  

Agenda for the evening:

  • A roundup of the last year and our future plans from Chair, Lynne Hunt and Chief Executive, Ron Shields. This will include the creation of a new community and mental health organisation for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
  • An opportunity to ask questions to our Executive Team and Trust Board in a live question and answer session.
  • A presentation from Dr Robin Harlow, our primary care lead for Southern Health who will be talking about the work we are doing in Gosport with the Willow Group GP partnership and the Shakespeare Road surgery in Basingstoke to improve the experience and care for patients.   
  • Emma Jones, from the Enhanced Mental Health Primary Care Team, will talk about the mental health support we offer directly in GP practices to ensure patients get timely assessment and early intervention to support their mental health recovery. “Sally”, who has used this service, and her peer recovery worker, Suzanne, will discuss how this incredible service supported her with her anxiety and mental health management.
  • Our new gambling service, started last November, and how they are offering support to people with gambling addictions. See the video produced by students from Solent University TV production course, as they interviewed our clinician Dr Mat King and peer support worker and ex-gambler, Owen.
  • With recruitment and retention one of the biggest issues affecting the NHS, Paula Hull, our Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals will talk through our work in this area to attract and recruit new staff including stories from our nurses that are internationally trained and have come to work for the Trust.

Come and join us for the evening, book a place online at  

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