On 12th February 2019, a fire destroyed the west wing of the George Bryan Centre. It provided an assessment, care and treatment service for working age adults who are in an acute state of mental illness and a mental health assessment and treatment service for people aged over 65. 

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.


Report of findings published

Following the consultation early in 2023, the Integrated Care Board has published the report of findings. 

Main report

Summary report of findings

Information about the next steps can be found on the transformation pages of the Integrated Care Board's website. 

Integrated Care Board approves consultation

On Thursday 19 January 2023 the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care Board approved the pre-consultation business case for inpatient mental health services previously provided at the George Bryan Centre, to residents of south east Staffordshire.

It also approved the recommendation to proceed to public consultation on the single viable proposal to make permanent the 18 beds at St George’s Hospital, Stafford, supported by enhanced community provision and that the consultation will take place for six weeks.

Pre-consultation business case and supporting documents

More information about the consultation

Integrated Care Board considers the business case

On 18th August 2022, the Integrated Care Board for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent considered the business case. 

Read the press release

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.

Board papers containing the business case

Outcome of the latest involvement process 

A reference group met on 15th March 2022 to receive the recommendation of the technical group. 

Read the report of findings

Outcome of engagement conducted in October 2021 

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. 

Read the report of findings detailing feedback provided at the events and in the survey. 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.

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Community mental health transformation - South Staffordshire

A range of health and care partners, including the voluntary and community sector, are working together on the transformation of adult community mental health in South Staffordshire.

Details are posted on the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care Board's website.