"What will happen to me"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health (inpatient)

(as a service user),

I am a service user at Vocational Services SPAN Foster Drive, a mental health unit.

The service users have been advised today that a team of 20 people are coming to SPAN from Stonebridge Centre. They are having to be housed in the dining room which means that we can no longer use this room for our coffee breaks and lunches. It seems as if the NHS Trust delights in ignoring the people who benefit from this centre to crowd more and more "teams" in. I personally wonder what is going to happen to me and the other service users here if the NHS Trust decides they need the I.T. Room(where I go for computer courses) to house another bunch of O.T's, Clinical Staff etc. Will we arrive one day to find that the door to the I.T. room is out of bounds because someone has decided without any discussion with the service users that it would make a nice room for another "team".

I think that the NHS Trust should just sit down and remember that if their were no service users with a mental health illness then 2/3 of the O.T's and clinical staff would be made redundant. Being as there are service users with needs can they please be considered and taken into consideration when things like this take place. No wonder there is so much anger and conflict in this world because people do not take the time to talk to those who it concerns.

A very dissolutioned "Cliff Fan".

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Response from Julie Grant, Head of Communications, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare apologises for the lack of consultation with service users and staff at Foster Drive over this temporary move to accommodate staff from the Community Assessment Treatment Team (CAT).

The CAT team will move into their new premises in October 2010. Alternative rooms within Foster Drive have been identified for breaks and lunch. We will talk to service users about the changes and alternative arrangements we are planning to make.

We will take note of your comments and improve our consultation on changes that impact on people who use our services.

Thank you for your feedback.

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