The Board of Directors of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
(NSFT) were this afternoon told about exciting plans to improve mental health
services in west Suffolk.
During a meeting held in public at the Diss Business Hub, NSFT Managing
Director Julie Cave outlined how mental health and wellbeing services currently
provided in outdated premises in Bury St Edmunds could be relocated into
purpose-built accommodation in a “Public Service Village” being created in the
The initiative would result in a one-stop shop with other public services,
giving the local population access to a wider range of services, shorter
waiting times and improved clinical outcomes as well as reduced property
running costs for the taxpayer.
NSFT, which runs services on two sites in Hospital Road, has expressed an
interest in moving them to state-of-the-art purpose-built facilities at the
Western Way Development in 2023.
St Edmundsbury Borough Council is leading a project to create an integrated
facility for public, health and community services, which could include mental
health and outpatient, primary care, community care and social care services as
part of a masterplan for the Western Way site agreed in 2016.
Julie said: “It’s still very early days but we believe the Public Service
Village presents our organisation, service users and carers with many
“Many of the community services we provide in Hospital Road are based in old
hospital wards which are no longer fit-for-purpose and offer little, if any,
opportunity for integrated working relationships with other services within the
Trust and key partner organisations.
“We have agreed a memo of understanding with the borough council and are
working with them and key health stakeholders to develop a business case for
facilities which will provide integrated services.”
She said that if the scheme progresses, staff, NSFT Governors, service users
and carers would be closely involved in further developing plans.
The Trust’s West Suffolk Integrated Delivery Team (IDT) is based at the
Hospital Road site and provides a range of specialist community mental health
services, including for older people and children, families and young people
Other staff based there include maintenance and transport staff, and people
working for Suffolk Wellbeing, which provides a range of support for people
with common mental health and emotional issues.
Julie said that the relocation of services to an integrated facility, shared
with other partners, is one of the top 10 priorities of the Suffolk and North
East Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).
Caption: NSFT Managing Director Julie Cave
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