"Handling of the closure of the day ward at the PHC"

About: Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

(as the patient),

We were told last year that the acute day ward would be closing and replaced by Recovery College. Then 4d later we were told that it would run alongside the college. Last week we were told the day ward would close on the 31st March with the Recovery College opening on the 1 s April whilst yesterday we were told it would be in June. In the interim staff have moved to other jobs and not been replaced or have been moved within the service leaving one experienced but unqualified staff member to run the ward until the day. Anyone raising issues seem to have been told both orally and in written form different reasons for the run down of the area whilst maintaining that the day ward would not close. This has left me in a very vulnerable state of mental health as I feel I can not trust managers not to remove other forms of support from me without any consultation. the staff providing the care have all been brilliant. I am not against the Recovery college only that it can not replace the day ward as it meets different needs.

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Response from Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for taking the time to post your comment about the Recovery College/Day Ward at the Peter Hodgkinson Centre. I am sorry to hear that this is having an adverse effect on you and would like to allay your concerns. Whilst I can understand that you are worried this is an exciting project to support people and help them to recover and better understand mental health.

The day ward does not have an official closure date although the services provided have reduced a great deal over the last several months. The staff that were based in it full time are now largely working within other teams but if the acute inpatient areas identify someone who needs to attend for a specific reason the service will ensure that there are people available to support them as part of a planned period of care, usually linked to the crisis and home treatment team involvement that they are receiving. The need for this however has been minimal and it is hoped that once the recovery college is firmly established within the Trust we will be able to provide a broad enough health, wellbeing and educational timetable, running alongside the Managed Care Network provision, to meet everybody’s needs in a meaningful way.

If you wish to discuss this further I would be more than happy to do so. Please feel free to contact me on 01522 526827.

Louise Bussell

General Manager

General Adult Services

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