Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

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Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Made foundation April 2001
Headquarters Chippenham
Region served Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire
Type NHS mental health trust
Chair Charlotte Hitchings
Chief Exec Dr Hayley Richards
Website www.awp.nhs.uk

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) is an NHS mental health trust providing adult mental health and related services in Wiltshire and the former county of Avon, an area centred on Bristol.

AWP services[edit]

The trust is headquartered in Chippenham, and offers services at a large number of sites including at Blackberry Hill Hospital, Callington Road Hospital, Green Lane Hospital, Petherton Day Hospital, Royal United Hospital, St Martin's Hospital, Savernake Hospital, Southmead Hospital, Weston General Hospital and Fountain Way in Salisbury.[1] The trust is one of the largest mental health trusts in the country, providing services to 1.6 million people in 2010.[2] It is organised into five strategic business units:

  • Adult services
  • Older people's services
  • Specialist drug and alcohol services
  • Specialised and secure services
  • Research and development


Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust was established in April 2001 following the merger of Avon and Western Wiltshire Mental Health Trust with services in Swindon and South Wiltshire.[3] The Avon and Western Wiltshire Mental Health Trust was formed by the renaming on 1 April 1999 of the Bath Mental Health Care NHS Trust, which had originally been formed on 1 November 1991.[4][5]

In 2008 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated mental health services run by the trust as weak overall, along with 10 other mental health trusts nationally.[6] A 2012 Care Quality Commission routine review found that the trust failed in four out of five inspection areas, and had insufficient experienced staff to meet needs.[7][8] In 2013 the Care Quality Commission identified the trust as one of eight mental health trusts with units that had dangerous staffing levels.[9] In 2014, following an inspection, the CQC issued four warning notices to the trust requiring urgent action.[10]

Following a 2012 NHS South of England review of the trust that concluded that "there is an urgent need to change the culture and leadership from one of central control to one in which all staff are positively engaged and involved in determining and delivering safe, high quality care", the trust appointed a new chairman and chief executive.[11][12]

The Trust was ordered to make urgent improvements to the safety of some of its services by the Care Quality Commission in September 2014 after they found widespread inadequate staffing at inpatient units and a failure to investigate and learn from patient safety incidents.[13][14]

Bristol Mental Health[edit]

In April 2013 the new Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group announced that following complaints from staff and patients in Bristol, it would re-procure adult out-patients mental health services in Bristol from Autumn 2014, enabling alternative providers to bid to operate the service which was contributing about £40 million to AWP's income.[15][16]

A partnership of AWP, Second Step, Missing Link and seven voluntary sector organisations, called Bristol Mental Health, was awarded the contract. Different organisations will be responsible for each of six areas of the service.[17] Bristol Mental Health commenced operation in October 2014.[18]

Children's Community Services[edit]

The trust in conjunction with other partners won a contract to provide children's community services in Bristol and South Gloucestershire in October 2015 after North Bristol NHS Trust announced it would give up the contract.[19] The service is provided by the Community Children's Health Partnership, which is a partnership between Sirona Care & Health, Bristol Community Health, Barnardo's and AWP.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Our Sites". Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. Archived from the original on 27 April 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Mental Health Act Annual Statement – Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (PDF) (Report). Care Quality Commission. November 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Incidence of Homicides in AWP 2001–2007". AWP. January 2008. p. 5. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Trustees Annual Report" (PDF). AWP Charitable Fund. 25 July 2013. p. 2. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Bath Mental Health Care National Health Service Trust (Establishment) Order 1991". legislation.gov.uk. 21 October 1991. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership services rated 'weak' by health watchdog". Bristol Evening Post. 24 July 2008. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership 'lacked safety staff'". BBC. 17 August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Care Quality Commission publishes two reports". Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Trust. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  9. ^ Patrick Hennessy; Laura Donnelly (12 January 2013). "Seventeen NHS hospitals have dangerously low numbers of nurses". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Avon and Wiltshire mental health trust 'must improve'". BBC. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Avon and Wiltshire mental health trust criticised". BBC. 26 July 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Jill Crooks (30 July 2012). "Mental health trust vows to be transparent after review criticism". Wiltshire Times. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "CQC finds safety failures at Avon and Wiltshire". Health Service Journal. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Chief Inspector of Hospitals finds that Mental Health Trust must improve". Healthwatch Swindon. 17 September 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "Bristol mental health services out to tender". BBC. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "Inpatient beds excluded from tender". AWP. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "New organisation for mental health". Bristol Post. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Bristol MH Home – About us". Bristol Mental Health. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  19. ^ "NHS trust preferred bidder for Bristol children's services contract". Health Service Journal. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  20. ^ "What is Community Children's Health Partnership". Community Children's Health Partnership. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 

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