Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental health problems, drug and alcohol problems and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We deliver high quality care across our 140 services, all of which are registered with the Care Quality Commission. Individual treatment and support which helps people work towards recovery is at the heart of everything we do. To help us achieve this we employ 2,300 staff across 56 sites, serving a population of 1.3 million. Our services are provided in community settings, hospitals and residential homes with an emphasis on providing local treatment and support close to people’s homes wherever possible. We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. As a Foundation Trust we have over 5,000 public members. Our partnership agreement with Surrey County Council allows us to offer integrated health and social care to meet people’s full range of needs. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers. The Trust was formed on 1 April 2005 following the merger of Surrey Hampshire Borders NHS Trust, Surrey Oaklands NHS Trust and North West Surrey Partnership NHS Trust. We achieved Foundation Trust status on 1 May 2008.

How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?

Our organisations role is to promote suicide prevention and provide early intervention to vulnerable people, using mental health services and offer support to the wider system and community while being kind, respectful and supportive of families that are bereaved.

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What are your current priorities?

Our current priorities include:

• Reducing the risk of suicide in key high-risk groups through targeted support initiatives.

• Tailoring approaches to improve mental health in specific groups.

• Reducing access to the means of suicide.

• Provide better information and support to those bereaved or affected by suicide.

• Support the media in delivering sensitive approaches to suicide and suicidal behaviour.

• Support research, data collection and monitoring

• Suicide prevention audits

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What challenges are you currently facing?

Achieving consistency in the context of the complex  nature of the differing needs of individual people. Embedding a culture of positive risk taking to achieve positive outcomes. Managing the impact of  a person’s suicide on all  others close to that individual, including staff and family members.

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