Publish date: 13 September 2023
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) has set out its vision for mental health, learning disability and autism care in a new 5 year strategy
It includes aims to reduce waiting times and ensure patients who need inpatient care can be supported in a local bed closer to friends and family, rather than sent out of area. It will also improve community mental health and learning disability services where patients can live well and independently at home.
One of the largest mental-health trusts in the country, AWP provides care and support to 1.9 million people across Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bath, North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire.
Around 260,000 people in these areas are affected by common mental illness like stress or anxiety, and a further 17,000 are affected by severe mental illness which require secondary care. In addition, it’s estimated that 11,000 local people are living with a Learning Disability and 6,600 have Autism.
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Dominic Hardisty, Chief Executive at AWP, said: “Our Strategy provides a clear roadmap for the organisation over the next few years and identifies the key objectives that will help us deliver the high quality, compassionate care that we can all be proud of. It is shaped from a wide range of conversations with our patients, families, carers, staff and partners and reflects what they told us really matters. Our commitment is now to ensure our decisions and actions are guided by it in the years ahead.”
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