24th September 2020

The Governing Body of Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group approved a proposal to relocate adult mental health beds from Wells to Yeovil. Find out more about the decision here


3 September 2020

Following the conclusion of our public consultation on the proposed relocation of adult in-patient mental health beds from Wells to Yeovil on 12 April 2020, Participate Ltd undertook an independent analysis of all the feedback received.

The report can be downloaded here: Mental Health Consultation Report.

Our original intention was to share the independent analysis of all the feedback received during the consultation at a public event in Wells. Given the current Government guidelines on face to face gatherings, we are unable to do this face to face.

We arranged a virtual feedback sharing event for 7pm on Wednesday 02 September via MS Teams Live Events. 

The event was hosted by David Heath, Non-Executive Director, and Dr Peter Bagshaw (GP and clinical lead for mental health, autism and learning disability services) and Andrew Keefe (deputy director for mental health, autism and learning disability commissioning) presented the independent analysis of the consultation feedback. You can watch the event here.


Consultation Documents (January 2020). The information below is for reference only.


Why are we consulting?

We are running this consultation to gather feedback from local people about the future locations of acute mental health beds for people of working age. We would like to hear what you think about our ideas.

We also want to tell you about the new and enhanced community-based services which will be in place as soon as we have recruited the people to run them.

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Our vision for mental health services

Working with several mental health charities and medical professionals we have designed a new mental health service model to support people better in the early stages of their illness or condition. Wherever we can, we want to help people stay well, and get treatment as early as possible when they need it.

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A new mental health model of care

Two key benefits of our new model are to help people earlier on so they won’t need to be admitted to an acute ward and, when they are admitted, to provide stronger support after discharge.

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What changes are being considered?

We are considering changing the location of the acute mental health ward at Wells for people aged between18-65 years and moving it to Yeovil.

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Is this about saving money or closing beds?

No. These changes will not mean any fewer mental health beds in Somerset and they are not intended to save money. They are about using our money and staff in better ways, to make a better, safer service.

Q&As – Acute Mental Health Inpatient Services for People of Working Age

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