A report will be presented to City of York Council’s Executive on 24 November, recommending actions to be taken by three health agencies following the closure of Bootham Park Hospital.
The hospital closed in September 2015 after an unannounced inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Following this, the Health & Adult Social Care Policy & Scrutiny Committee agreed to undertake a scrutiny review of the closure utilising the support of an independent expert and NHS England, which was conducting its own review.
The review’s remit was: ‘To understand the circumstances leading to the closure of Bootham Park Hospital, to establish what could have been done to avoid the gap in services in York, particularly for in-patients and their families, and identify any appropriate actions for relevant partners.’
The Committee, independent adviser and a task group carried out an extensive consultation which included all health partners and, via Healthwatch York, mental health service user in the city, their families, carers and staff.
Among the feedback, service users, their carers and families told the consultation that the closure of Bootham Park Hospital was part of a wider capacity and suitability issue for local mental health services and they told of the additional stress caused by having to travel to Darlington, Middlesbrough and beyond, However, most respondents had been happy with staff and the quality of care at Bootham, but expressed concern over the apparent lack of co-operation between agencies delivering services.
The review’s findings led to the following recommendations for Executive to consider:
- NHS England – a named individual should be responsible for and report on sustained improvements to mental health services in York, that there is a full list of bodies delivering these services and that proactive engagement takes place with residents and service users.
- Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) and the Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – should consult robustly and fully ahead of procuring a new mental health unit in York and that details are shared with the committee.
- The Care Quality Commission (CQC) – should consider how best to transfer services between providers.
- The Committee requests that these organisations respond to it within three months.
- The Policy and Scrutiny Committee also agreed that the final report and its recommendations should be brought to council’s Executive and the Health and Wellbeing Board, before being presented to NHS England, TEWV, the CCG and CQC.
Cllr Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health at City of York Council, said: “This review enabled councillors to investigate the issues around the closure of Bootham Park Hospital and has made recommendations for actions to be taken by the relevant health agencies. Key points included the need for greater co-operation between agencies delivering services and the need for a robust consultation ahead of the opening a new mental health unit.
“York has a longstanding reputation for delivering progressive, high quality mental health services. I hope this review and its recommendations will support multi-agency work to restore them to a high level and I look forward to working with partners to achieve this.”
Executive will take place on Thursday 24 November at West Offices and is open to members of the public or is available to watch live online from: www.york.gov.uk/webcasts
To attend the meeting, or to read the report click