Our members

Our members are:

  1. Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Trust
  2. Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  3. Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
  4. Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
  5. Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  6. Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  7. Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

Representative: Julie Kerry, Director of Nursing and Quality Standards

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) provides inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire. It also provides specialist services extending throughout the south west.

The Trust employs over 4,000 dedicated members of staff who deliver services from more than 90 locations, working in approximately 150 teams across a geographical region of 2,200 miles, for a population of approximately 1.8 million people.

The Trust’s staff are passionate about promoting good mental health and wellbeing. They strive to use the expertise and resources within the organisation, and through partnerships to deliver high quality services that are safe and focused on people’s recovery. Its staff are pivotal in everything it does and the Trust is committed to involving them fully in the development of the Trust and its services.


Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Representative: Stephanie Crow, Head of Learning and Development

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health care to those people living in Birmingham and Solihull who are experiencing mental health problems.

It serves a culturally and socially diverse population of over a million spread over 172 square miles, and has an income of over £230 million, making it one of the largest mental health foundation trusts in the country.  It also provides services to people who live further afield because of some of the specialised services we provide.

The Trust has over 4000 dedicated staff who are continually working to help people get better and challenge the stigma associated with mental illness. It operates from over 50 sites in a variety of settings, from community based mental health teams through to acute wards and day centres.

BSMHFT also has its own charity, Caring Minds, which directly raises money for the service users, carers and staff of the Trust. Caring Minds helps to provide the extras that normal NHS funding does not provide, such as equipment, specialised furniture, research and service users events


Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Representatives: Deborah Cox, Deputy Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, Emma Dawkins, Head of Learning and Organisational Development

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2002 and authorised as a Foundation Trust on 1st December 2007. The Trust provides health and wellbeing services for a population of around 1.5million people.

The services provided include community nursing, health visiting and a range of therapy services including physiotherapy, podiatry and speech & language. Wellbeing services provided include smoking cessation and healthy lifestyle services. The Trust specialises in secure, inpatient and community mental health services.

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust covers the whole of the county and employs around 7,000 members of staff across more than 400 sites, working with a multitude of partners to provide health & wellbeing services.  The Trust’s vision is to provide high quality care, in the right place, at the right time, every time


Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

Representative: Amanda Oates, Director of Human Resources

At Mersey Care, promoting mental and physical health and wellbeing is their core business.

The Trust serves more than 11 million people, offering specialist inpatient and community services that support mental health, learning disabilities, addictions, brain injuries and physical health. It is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all they do is our commitment to ‘perfect care’ – care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient.

The Trust supports staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users and carers to design and develop future services together. It is currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services they provide and safely reduce cost as they do so.

The Trust calls this continuous improvement in quality and cost, ‘striving for perfect care’. Their aim is to play a full part in the health and social care economies they serve, by promoting and driving greater integration between mental and physical health and social care.

The Trust’s clinical services are provided across 85 sites across the North West. Our teams are supported by a corporate team based at our offices in Kings Business Park, Prescot, Merseyside. Over 7,600 staff serve a population of almost 11 million people.


Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Representatives: Julian Eve, Associate Director of Learning and Organisational Development, Clare Teeney, Director of Human Resources

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a major provider of mental health, intellectual disability and community healthcare services for the people of Nottinghamshire.

The Trust sees about 190,000 people every year. The 9000 staff carry out a wide range of roles, working together to provide integrated and coordinated care and support to those using our services.

Patient-facing staff include:

  • mental health nurses
  • psychiatrists
  • social workers
  • healthcare support workers
  • health visitors
  • school nurses
  • allied health professionals (including occupational therapists, and speech and language therapists)
  • psychologists
  • district nurses
  • community nurses
  • learning disability nurses
  • physical healthcare nurses

The Trust has an annual budget / income of over £400 million. With that it provides services across the county for people with mental health needs, with needs relating to drug or alcohol dependency, mental and physical health services for people with intellectual disabilities and community physical healthcare. It also provides secure mental health services.


Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Representative: Helen Green, Associate Director of Clinical Education and Nursing

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust is a community-focused organisation that provides physical and mental health services and social care with the aim of improving the health and wellbeing of all their patients and their families.

The Trust provides community health, mental health and specialised health services. They operate across:

  • Oxfordshire
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Berkshire
  • Wiltshire
  • Swindon
  • Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES)

In Oxfordshire they are the main provider of community health services and deliver these in a range of community and inpatient settings, including eight community hospitals.

They also provide a range of specialised health services that include forensic mental health and eating disorder services across a wider geographic area including support for patients in Berkshire and from Wales.

Their aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of all their patients and families.

They work in partnership with a range of other organisations in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire, Swindon and BaNES.

These include:

  • The University of Oxford to promote innovation in healthcare, support research and to train doctors and psychologists
  • Oxford Brookes University and the University of Bedfordshire to train nurses and allied health professionals
  • Local authorities and voluntary organisations
  • GPs across all the locations we serve in order to provide joined-up care.


The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Representatives: Paul Jenkins, CEO, Chris Caldwell, Director of NWSDU and Director of Nursing, Ian Tegerdine, Associate Director of NWSDU, Brian Rock, Dean and Director of Education and Training

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust which consists of the Tavistock Clinic and the Portman Clinic, provides multi-disciplinary clinical services for adults, adolescents and children and their families and postgraduate training for a wide range of care-givers in the field of mental health.

The Tavistock and Portman is a Foundation Trust. As a foundation trust, the trust is:

  • Providing some of the best care in the country: our patient services have been rated “excellent” five years in a row
  • Managing our money well: we have a good financial rating from Monitor
  • Making quicker and smarter decisions which directly benefit patients
  • Involving patients and the public in creating and improving services, both within the Trust and in the local health community
  • building great relationships with our staff: thinking creatively about how to help them give their best and reward them for it

The origins of the trust go back to 1920 when the clinic was founded by a small group of military psychiatrists in the aftermath of World War One, in the hope of bringing to the civilian population some of the knowledge and expertise learned from the treatment of traumatised war veterans. Its philosophy is grounded in a broad range of disciplines and in looking at context and personal experiences as critical drivers of psychological distress. The trust is proud of its history of innovation and seeks to build on this in the future.

Working with children and families and adults, the trust’s approach brings together psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theory and practice,and seeks to understand the unconscious as well as conscious aspects of a person’s experience and places the person, their relationships and social context at the centre of its practice. In its education and training work, the trust draws on ides of psychology, sociology, anthropology, psychoanalysis and family systems approaches to underpin its teaching work. The National Workforce Skills Development Unit draws on these distinctive Tavistock and Portman informed approaches in its projects’ work.