Barnsley health bosses have announced that their community and mental health services are to join with South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
The NHS Barnsley Board met on Monday 11 October and agreed that NHS Barnsley’s provider arm, Care Services Direct (CSD) will join the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPFT).
SWYPFT already provides specialist mental health and learning disability services in Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield and this decision means it will also provide community services throughout the Barnsley area. Community health services include services for older people, mental health services and physical disability and sensory impairment services.
SWYPFT was selected over three other NHS Trusts in the Yorkshire and the Humber region to work with Care Services Direct.
Steven Michael, Chief Executive of SWYPFT said: "We are delighted to be given the opportunity to combine our expertise and experience with that of Barnsley Care Services Direct for the benefit of the communities we both serve. We are a well-established and successful foundation trust that has received external recognition for our approach to service users, staff and management. We have been excited by CSD’s vision and very much look forward to continuing on our journey together."
In a joint statement Barnsley GPs Dr John Cornell and Dr Pete Lane said, "CSD and SWYPFT presented an excellent business case to deliver a wide range of community services which the NHS Barnsley Board was happy to endorse."
Local people who receive care from SWYPFT in Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield will continue to receive their services from the Trust. The Trust’s 14,000 members will also continue to receive information about the Trust and be given opportunities to get involved with the organisation.
If local people have any queries they can contact the Trust’s customer services team on freephone 0800 587 2108 or visit www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk