"Closure of day ward PHC"

About: Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

(as the patient),

I am so worried about the closure of the acute day ward at the Peter Hodgkinson Centre in Lincoln. This has provision has helped me stay out of acute mental health wards and out of Accident and Emergency as the staff have helped me make plans on how to manage over evenings and weekends as well as listening to my concerns. A long with my brilliant cpn and nurse consultant they have helped me stay alive, and gain more skills to manage my illness.

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Response from Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust We are preparing to make a change

I am sorry that you feel worried about the up and coming plans for the development of day care services within Peter Hodgkinson Cente.

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is developing a recovery college in Lincoln to provide a range of courses and resources for service users, families, friends, carers and NHS staff.

The college aims to support people to take more control over their own lives by encouraging them to become experts in their own self-care. The college will also educate family members, friends, carers and other NHS staff to better understand mental health conditions and how best to support people in their recovery journey.

The recovery college will take over the present site occupied by the day hospital at the Peter Hodgkinson Centre, located at the rear of Lincoln County Hospital.

Head of general adult services, Mary Quint, said: “This is a really exciting project; we will be bringing together people with professional experience of mental health and people with lived experience of mental health to design innovative courses that can contribute towards wellbeing.”

The day hospital currently accommodates some group therapy sessions, although numbers of people using these have declined as the popularity of activities provided by alternative providers, such as those available through the Managed Care Network and SHINE, have increased.

Day hospital staff are currently assisting with the development of the new recovery college and will be continue to be supported by other Trust teams and services.

I sincerely hope this allays your concerns and that you continue access services and skills that help you to manage your illness.

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