Since the fire, anyone living in South East Staffordshire who has needed an in-patient stay has been to St George’s Hospital in Stafford. An enhanced service has been in place in the community to support people to stay in their own home.
The COVID-19 pandemic delayed any further engagement on the future of the services.
The decision has now been made to re-start the process to find the long-term solution for the George Bryan Centre.
As the services benefit people across the whole of South East Staffordshire, our activity will be as inclusive as possible; involving patients, public and staff.
Board of Directors considers the business case
On 30th June, 2022, the Board of Directors of MPFT considered a business case to seek approval from Staffordshire NHS commissioners to align commissioning arrangements for the provision of acute mental health inpatient services in south east Staffordshire with the established operational position. The proposal is the "Provision of acute mental health inpatient services for adults with severe mental illness and older adults with severe mental illness or dementia living in south east Staffordshire on a single site: St George’s Hospital, Stafford."
The Board approved the business case and also endorsed the next steps contained within chapter eight. This does not represent a decision to implement the proposal. The business case will now be reviewed by Staffordshire County Council’s Health and Care Overview & Scrutiny Committee, by Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s Integrated Care Board, by NHS England & NHS Improvement and senior clinicians as part of the West Midlands Clinical Senate.
Outcome of the latest involvement process
In October 2021, there were two on-line events, based around a presentation. We also conducted a survey.
Our issues paper sets out some background information.
A summary is also available.
A reference group of service users, carers and people with an interest in the local services was held on 15th March.
All information is now being collated into a business case which will be presented to the Board of MPFT later this year.
Previous involvement exercise
A series of engagement events took place in 2019 to establish what was good about the services and what needed improving, to help shape the long-term solutions. Feedback could also be submitted by email or by post.
The Board of MPFT received a report detailing the outcomes of the engagement exercise on 30th January 2020.