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Governing Body approves recommendations and next steps to develop a new mental health hospital in York

The Governing Body of local healthcare commissioners has approved the next steps and recommendations to deliver a new mental health hospital for York.

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) led months of public consultation work between September 2016 and January 2017 to collect views from the public and patients across the Vale of York area.

The purpose of the consultation was to gather views on the proposed number and configuration of in-patient beds for adults and older people, and the potential site for a new mental health hospital.

Key themes, drawn from significant feedback and comments to the consultation, were developed and used to inform eight recommendations for the Governing Body to consider.

Dr Louise Barker said: “The Governing Body approved the next steps to deliver a new mental health hospital in York.

“The consultation gave the CCG the opportunity to talk to the public, patients, their families and carers and we have had some very positive conversations about the potential sites and design.

“Most of those who participated in the consultation would have seen the proposed designs which were drawn up to be suitable for any of the sites.

“Now that the Governing Body has approved the recommendation, the CCG is providing its mental health and learning disabilities services provider, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, with the report so it can maintain positive conversations with the community and partners to help develop and decide upon the location and final design.”

The CCG will soon be publishing anonymised, verbatim comments received through the consultation on its website. It will also develop and publish an Executive Summary of the consultation’s outcomes report.

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