The launch of the New Hampshire NHS Trust is to be postponed

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will take over areas currently overseen by Solent NHS Trust and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

The new organization will also be responsible for some services previously managed by the Isle of Wight NHS Trust.

The nationwide facility was due to launch in April after three existing trusts gave the green light last year.

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However, following discussions with NHS England, it was agreed to set a new live date of July 1 to ensure “as smooth a transition as possible”.

Health leaders said the aim of the changes – dubbed “Project Fusion” – was to provide “stronger and more connected services”.

Caroline Morison, chief strategy and transformation officer at NHS Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board, said: “Project Fusion will create a new mental health, community and learning disability services trust for people living in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. “

“The new Trust will help deliver more sustainable services, improve people’s access to more consistent care and reduce the health inequalities that currently exist across different communities.

“The new organisation, called Hampshire and Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, will also better enable staff to work together to best meet the needs of patients.

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“We look forward to the launch of the new trust and the benefits it will bring to our local residents.”

As part of a phased approach to integrating services, community, mental health and learning disability services on the Isle of Wight were due to be transferred to Southern Health earlier this month.

The new trust, which will take over the majority of child and young people's mental health services (CAMHS) in Hampshire, is set to be the largest provider of its kind in England.

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust will continue to be responsible for providing ambulance and acute services on the island.

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