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Our Clinical Services Strategy - latest stage: access mental health

We published our Clinical Services Strategy last year, following a review which saw much input from patients, carers, family members, clinicians and partner organisations. The Strategy provides us with the foundations for what our mental health and learning disability services will look like in the future.

We are now creating a much more detailed plan to ensure positive changes can be made and we would like your involvement...
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Community Mental Health Services in East Hampshire

One key element of our Clinical Services Strategy was to look at how people access our mental health services. This needs to improve and, to do this, colleagues from another NHS Trust, Northumberland Tyne and Wear (which went through a similar transformation programme several years ago and is now recognised as outstanding) - is supporting and working alongside us to develop a better system.  

We are also working with our colleagues at Solent NHS Trust and our local NHS commissioners to achieve this in a truly collaborative way.

Our initial focus is on adult and older people’s community and acute mental health services in East Hampshire and Portsmouth.

We are hosting a series of FOUR WORKSHOPS starting on 30 April and continuing through to mid-June. These workshops will have involvement from staff working in the services, alongside those with lived experience, either as a patient, close family or friend of a patient. The workshops will be an opportunity to look at every step of the patient journey - starting with ‘access’. Whilst the initial focus will be East Hampshire and Portsmouth, the approach will be used for similar work in other areas, tailored to each locality and its needs in the future.

The dates and venues for the workshops (which will run from 9.00am to 5.00pm each day) are:

  • Monday 30th April to Friday 4th May 2018. Venue: John Pounds Centre, 23 Queen Street, Portsmouth PO1 3HN    
  • Monday 14th to Friday 18th May 2018. Venue: Havant Rugby Football Club, Fraser Road, Havant PO9 3EJ
  • Monday 4th to Friday 8th June 2018. Venue: Petersfield Rugby Football Club, Penns Place, Petersfield GU31 4EP
  • Monday 18th & Tuesday 19th June 2018. Venue: Gosport Community Association and Thorngate Halls, Bury Road, Gosport, PO12 3PX 


Get Involved!

We would very much appreciate your input into these workshops. Either by attending one of them or joining a special interest focus group we are setting up for those of you who use Facebook, Twitter or email. Focus group participants wouldn’t be required to attend the workshops but, during the four weeks that the workshops run, summaries from each day would be shared with you for your thoughts and feedback, to ensure your voice is still heard.

To register your interest and to find out more about the workshops or the focus group, please email Dean Garrett and Klara Thomas at: or call them on 07971 705455. They’d be happy to chat this through with you in more detail.

We hope you will consider helping us in the latest stage of our clinical services journey, where the ultimate destination is improved healthcare for local people.