There's a very interesting press release on the blpt website. For such a major announcement, I found it interesting that its only appearance is buried in a press release, several unremarkable clicks away from the front page.
The start of it reads:
TRUST CHAIR AND NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS PLAN TO STEP DOWN FOR A BETTER FUTURE FOR LOCAL SERVICE USERS
The Chair and Non-Executive Directors of Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health and Social Care Partnership NHS Trust have today announced their unanimous intention to stand down from the leadership of the Trust (within six to nine months), in order to allow the organisation to create a new partnership with an NHS Foundation Trust.
They are all (that is, all the non-executive directors - those not directly employed by BLPT) resigning. The view seems to be that there is no future for BLPT as a Trust and the NEDs have decided to ask NHS East of England to find another NHS trust to take over BLPT. They state that,
we do not believe that with the current structure and size of the organisation, there is any prospect of the organisation attaining Foundation Trust status in its own right
It appears as if the non-executive members of the Trust no longer believe in that BLPT have the ability to serve those who need its services.
Some of us could have told them that quite a while ago. In fact, some of us have been telling them that for some time.
The press statement also says,
Having seen the energy, skills and enthusiasm in the leadership of other Mental Health Foundation Trusts, we have come to the conclusion that seeking a partnership with one of these holds the best prospect for delivering modern mental health and learning disabilities services for our local communities.
In other words, other MH trusts are doing a better job, with better leadership, than BLPT. Again, some of us could have told them that a while ago.
PharmaTimes comments that:
The resignations of the chair and non-executive directors of Bedfordshire and Luton NHS Mental Health Trust are associated with issues around that trust’s potential financial viability. With annual revenues of £70 million, the trust is understood to have decided that its future lies in being taken over by a bigger foundation trust with the economic muscle to help its services survive in the new NHS world of patient choice and contestability from the private and third sectors.
Having read the minutes of Trust Board meetings, I sensed a lot of internal wrangling and disagreements. I just hope something which better serves the people of this region comes out of the wreckage.