Trust withdraws from controversial consortium.

Full Story at HSJ 6 April 2018

A West Midlands trust has withdrawn from a controversial mental health consortium to focus on its sustainability and transformation partnership. Worcestershire Health and Care Trust withdrew from the Forward Thinking Birmingham consortium, which provides mental health services for 0-25 year olds, last weekend.

The withdrawal comes two years into the service’s five year contract.

Trust board papers show it left “to allow both ourselves and Birmingham providers to concentrate on their respective STPs and work to try to support those local pathways”.

“Whilst this had been a difficult decision, because the model was exciting and innovative, it felt the appropriate way forward,” they added. The trust is part of Herefordshire and Worcestershire STP, while the lead provider in the consortium, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Foundation Trust, is part of Birmingham and Solihull STP.