Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership is one of the organisations included in the government announcement of £760 million of capital funding being allocated to the NHS to allow the acceleration of service modernisation and transformation.

The Surrey Heartlands allocation was £500,000 which will be spent on refurbishing mental health facilities at the Abraham Cowley Unit in Chertsey, part of Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and in the ST Peter’s A&E Unit.

The plan is to enhance two suites on Blake Ward at the Abraham Cowley Unit, an inpatient unit for people with mental health conditions. In addition one room for mental health assessments in the A&E department at St Peter’s will be brought back into commission and upgraded.

The plan involves a number of improvements and adaptations to the physical and therapeutic environment in both locations. These will include the introduction of assistive technology to improve the quality of experience for people in mental health crisis requiring a mental health act assessment.

Vanessa Harding, Deputy Director of Transformation at Surrey Heartlands Health & Care Partnership said: “This scheme is paramount to our collaborative working to instigate the renovations of places of safety with St Peter’s Hospital.

“Working in partnership enables SABP and Surrey Heartlands to implement this scheme as a priority and with confidence. Utilising time, people and financial and physical resources for ensure the best possible outcomes for those in crisis.

Helen Rostill, Chair, Mental Health Programme Board at Surrey Heartlands and Surrey and Borders Partnership Director of Innovation, Development and Therapies said: “Improving places of safety for people experiencing a mental health crisis is essential in our plan to create more respectful environments and protect people’s dignity.  The Surrey Heartlands Mental Health Mandate takes forward the key deliverables of the Five Year Forward View to manage crisis well and to reduce out-of-area placements.”