NHS Improvement has today announced that Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust is the preferred acquirer of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust and is expected to take responsibility for Trust services from 1 January 2017.
This contributes to a local devolution commitment to develop a new approach to mental health services in Greater Manchester, integrating mental health with other health and community services.
The decision of NHS Improvement’s Board follows the recommendation of the local Transaction Board on which are included Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, the Local Authority and NHS England.
The recommendation came after the Transaction Board considered applications to acquire the Trust. This assessment took account of the views of service users and Trust employees.
In 2014 the Trust decided that under relevant health and social care planning assumptions, it would be unsustainable in its current form, a decision upheld by the then NHS Trust Development Authority Board in January 2015. Planning for a transaction began at that point, leading to the decision on a preferred acquirer on 28 July 2016 by NHS Improvement.
There will be no change as to how the organisation delivers its services to people in Manchester during this immediate next phase of the acquisition, when an agreement about joining together will be drawn up between the two organisations, overseen by NHS Improvement.
NHS Improvement’s Executive Regional Managing Director for the North, Lyn Simpson, said:
“I am pleased that Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust will now take forward a plan for joining the two Trusts, bringing increased certainty to service users and staff around the future of mental health services in Manchester. NHS Improvement will continue to work collaboratively with the Trusts and local partners to conclude an agreement.
“I want to thank the Trust and all our local partners for their help in bringing about the progress we have made to date.”
Bev Humphrey, Chief Executive of Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust said:
“We are delighted to have been selected as the preferred acquirer of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust. We are confident that, in bringing together our two organisations, we can harness the best of both and make sustainable improvements that support the strategic vision for mental health services across Greater Manchester.
“Our priority over the coming weeks and months will be to better understand the organisation, and to listen to and engage with staff, service users and carers, and other key stakeholders in the city. Whilst this happens, there will be no change to current provision.
“We have a strong track record of successfully managing organisational change and have an experienced team in place to progress this acquisition. We recognise that this will be an uncertain time for many people, but are committed to making this transaction run as smoothly as possible.”
The Chief Executive of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, Michele Moran, said:
“I’m delighted by today’s announcement as it will allow us to develop a more integrated approach to providing mental health services to some of the most vulnerable people in Manchester.
“This move is critical to sustaining the improvement made collectively over the past year. These steps to develop a more joined up mental health service are in line with the Five Year Forward View and plans for health and social care devolution into the next decade.
“We would like to reassure our service users and staff that there will be no disruption to our services as they merge with those provided by Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust as part of this work.”
In a joint statement, Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups and Manchester City Council said:
“We welcome this news and look forward to working with Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust to deliver strong and effective mental health services, tailored to the needs of local people. We have a strong history of partnership working in the city and Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust will play a key role in this, ensuring that responsive mental health services are at the heart of our plans to create a healthier Manchester.”
Lord Peter Smith, Chair of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Strategic Partnership Board (the body overseeing devolution and taking charge of the £6bn health and social care budget) said:
“We have made a clear commitment as part of devolution to develop a new approach to mental health services. We will do this by placing the individual and families at the heart of the system and integrating mental health with other health and community services – the announcement today is an essential step in our transformation programme.
“The consequences of poor mental health are a growing problem for Greater Manchester and it is imperative we start to tackle the root causes to ensure a brighter and more prosperous future for the region and, importantly, the individuals and families affected.”
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*The term “preferred acquirer” indicates that Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust can now carry out a full appraisal of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust with a view to entering the formal agreement to acquire the Trust by 1 January 2017.
- NHS Improvement is responsible for overseeing foundation trusts, NHS trusts and independent providers. We offer the active support these frontline providers need to give patients consistently safe, high quality, compassionate care within local health systems that are financially sustainable. By holding providers to account and, where necessary, intervening, we help the NHS to meet its short-term challenges and secure its future.
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