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.