Lincolnshire to play role in military health project
A NATIONAL contract to provide acute mental health inpatient services for military personnel has been awarded to a partnership of eight NHS mental health trusts, including Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
The trust provides inpatient facilities for military personnel with severe mental illness at a dedicated unit on the Pilgrim Hospital site in Boston. Following a competitive tendering process, the contract has been re-awarded to the Joining Forces Network. The Network, an innovative partnership of eight NHS mental health trusts, first secured the contract in 2009.
Over the last three years, the network has provided high quality and effective inpatient care that is tailored and sensitive to the specific needs of armed forces personnel serving worldwide.
The new contract will include some exciting innovations, including a mental health "app" specially developed to offer mental health information to military personnel.
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Trust medical director Dr John Brewin said: "The re-awarding of this contract is a reflection of the high quality support that staff in the unit have been providing. We're delighted to be able to continue offering this highly specialised service to armed forces personnel in the region, and returning from conflict zones worldwide."
Vice Admiral Raffaelli, surgeon general, said: "The network of eight NHS mental health trusts means that our people get the best inpatient care available in an environment that is close to their homes or unit."