Solent NHS Trust

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Type of trust
Mental health trust
Trust details
Last annual budget
Chair Catherine Mason
Chief Executive Sue Harriman
Website Solent NHS Trust
Care Quality Commission reports CQC

Solent NHS Trust runs mental health and community services and community hospitals in Southampton and Portsmouth, England. Its sites include Western Community Hospital, Royal South Hants Hospital, St James Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital and Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

In December 2013 it was announced that the Trust would be among the first to trial the Care Quality Commission’s planned approach to inspecting mental health services because Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority wanted assurance on the quality of the services they provide before progressing their Foundation Trust applications.[1]

The trust runs the Adelaide Health Centre in Southampton which cost £16m to build but in 2014 was half empty as local GPs refused to move into it. The building was commissioned by the now defunct Southampton City Primary Care Trust, and the Trust leases the space for £1.5m per annum on a 25-year contract.[2]

In February 2014 Dr Ros Tolcher announced she would be leaving her post at the Trust to take up a new role as chief executive at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust.[3]

In 2015, the trust proposed to sue Hampshire County Council for loss of profits after it awarded a £41.3m contract for adult substance misuse services which they previously provided to Inclusion Drug Services, part of South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.[4]

It was named by the Health Service Journal as one of the top hundred NHS trusts to work for in 2015. At that time it had 3,149 full-time equivalent staff and a sickness absence rate of 4.66%. 70% of staff recommend it as a place for treatment and 52% recommended it as a place to work.[5]

The Trust abandoned its bid for foundation trust status in December 2015.[6]

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  1. ^ "Mental health inspection blueprint unveiled". Local Government Chronicle. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Controversial Adelaide Health Centre in Southampton cost £16m to build". Southern Daily Echo. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Boss of an NHS trust to move to the north". Portsmouth News. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  4. ^ "NHS trust to sue Hampshire council over tender award". Local Government Chronicle. 9 March 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  5. ^ "HSJ reveals the best places to work in 2015". Health Service Journal. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Health trust in Portsmouth suspends bid for foundation status". Portsmouth News. 8 December 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2015.

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