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Improving Nottinghamshire Healthcare Adult Mental Health Inpatient services

Over the last year the Trust has been looking at our inpatient unit based in Mansfield: Millbrook Mental Health Unit. It was decided that the due to environmental considerations, the unit does not meet the standards we would want to provide for our patients and service users. We have also considered national guidance and recommendations from the CQC (Care Quality Commission). Their guidance states that adults should be cared for in single accommodation with en-suite facilities. The Trust would also like to improve safety for patients and staff, improve privacy and dignity along with the therapeutic benefit of the ward environment for the wellbeing and behaviours of people requiring an inpatient stay.

This unit currently does not allow for this, the most significant reasons being:

  • Dormitory accommodation on some of the wards
  • The lack of outside space on the site and the poor quality of the space we do have
  • It is difficult to see patients on the wards and keep them safe due to the shape of the building
  • One of the wards is too large
  • Patients must share bathroom facilities
  • It is difficult to fully meet the need of patients who require physical healthcare or who have restricted mobility

Looking at the best way to make the required changes and improvements to modernise our adult services there are two reasons which make it impracticable:

  • There is not enough space to reconstruct the site and wards
  • The cost has been estimated and it is too expensive

The decision has been made by the Trust Board to buy a new hospital site where we can make the changes needed for our patients, staff and visitors to receive the best services and level of care we are dedicated to giving. Adult Mental Health services will then move to this new site leaving Mental Health Services for Older People at the Millbrook site, allowing space to renovate and improve the environment.

The Trust has exchanged contracts with St Andrews Healthcare over the purchase of its 64-bed unit at Sherwood Oaks Business Park in Mansfield.

Our current estimate is that we may be able to take ownership of the site during late Autumn this year and would hope to be able to complete any modifications to the site during the early part of 2021 ready for the transfer of our services. Our Board of Directors is excited about this potential development and the significant impact it would have on improving the care we provide for the local population. This purchase entails a significant capital investment by the Trust. We are also working closely with St Andrew’s so that, where appropriate, the Trust can offer employment to as many of the existing staff at the new site as possible, subject to their suitability.

Following on from the decision to move we will be asking service users, carers, public and other organisations to be part of the co-design of the clinical pathway, the environment of the new site and to understand how the move will effect the population it will serve. If you are interested in contributing to the co-design of these areas please contact involve@nottshc.nhs.uk.


Sherwood Oaks

The name of the new site was suggested via an online competition. We had over 150 suggestions which a judging panel then looked at. The panel consisted of service users, carers, ward staff and the chief executive.

Location of new hospital site

The location of new site hospital site is:
Sherwood Avenue
Sherwood Oaks Business Park
NG18 4GW

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