Why we are merging with Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
We are planning to merge with Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, because we believe that removing organisational boundaries will support us to integrate community, mental health and hospital services which will improve care for our patients and provide them with a better experience.
Our planned merger will also have benefits for staff by removing some of the artificial barriers that frustrate our colleagues and will offer opportunities to work in different settings.
Colleagues in different services explain the potential benefits that our planned merger will bring:
- Karen Dockings, speech and language therapist, explains how the service already works across organisational boundaries in Somerset and how this brings benefits to patients and colleagues.
- Helen Wilkinson, specialist neuro physiotherapist in the spasticity service, speaks about the joint service on offer to patients who have spasticity as a result of stroke or head injury. She also speaks about the clinical integration team and the work they are doing more broadly on the clinical model for the new trust.
- Sami Gilas, one of our recruitment consultants, speaks about the benefits of the joint team and how that has helped create a proactive approach to recruiting new staff.
- Chris Higgins and Rebecca Rayfield, psychological wellbeing practitioners from Somerset Partnership’s talking therapies service talk about the emotional health checks they provide for patients who have suffered heart failure or cardia arrhythmia at Musgrove Hospital.
- Sally Bryant, Musgrove’s outpatient’s maternity matron, speaks about the opportunity to provide more services locally, in community hubs provided in Somerset Partnership venues.
- Julia Devine, lead orthoptist and Helen Evans, clinical service manager from Musgrove’s ophthalmology department talk about the clinics they now run at Minehead Community Hospital, working with Somerset Partnership’s Diabetic Eye Screening service, seeing patients closer to home.
- Andrew Forrest, chief information officer; Dr Luke Gompels, chief clinical information officer; and Helen Mattock, clinical lead, explain how the merger will benefit patients by ensuring patient records are appropriately shared giving clinicians access to the information they need.
- David Dodd, Somerset Partnership’s facilities manager, and Carol-Ann Regan, library service manager for both trusts, talk about how their respective services have embraced the merger.
- Nancy Southcott, operational manager from the CAMHS enhanced outreach team, Anna Kyle, consultant paediatrician based at Musgrove Park, Suzanne Pilkington, matron of children’s services at Musgrove Park, explain how they are working together to address children and young people’s physical and mental health needs.
- Clare Boobyer-Jones, director of allied health and psychology professions, explains about why the merger will benefit patients.
- Janice Bailey, specialist nurse from the cardiology collaborative clinic, describes how they are working with mental health colleagues to support patients.
- Kat Bullock, psychological wellbeing practitioner who works for the IAPT service, describes how she is working a day a week with the cardiology arrhythmic service to support patients.