NHS England President learns more about our vision for brain health care in the 21st century during Warneford Hospital tour

Oxford Health was delighted to welcome NHS England Chairman Richard Meddings CBE on a fact-finding visit where he learned more about the Trust’s ambitious plans for a new state-of-the-art campus hospital brain health sciences.

During the two-hour meeting on Monday (21.11.22), Chief Executive Dr Nick Broughton spoke to Mr Meddings about a vision for Warneford; how momentum is building around the development of the Headington site – currently home to the oldest inpatient mental health services in the NHS.

Clinicians and doctors from the Trust have been involved in developing proposals for a new 21st century hospital through a series of engagement events, ensuring that their knowledge and experiences are captured to create the best treatment and therapy spaces in the design which is due to be filed with planning authorities in 2023.

Along with Trust Chairman David Walker, Mr Meddings also met Professor John Geddes, who heads the NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Center which recently won £35.4 million in funding to research 11 new topics in brain health that will result in life-changing translational therapies. with mental health issues.

Together they visited the NIHR Cognitive Health Clinical Research Center in Oxford, which recently received £4 million in funding. It offers patient-oriented, experimental early-stage clinical research. During the pandemic, the CRF quickly adapted to the challenges of COVID-19, supporting the completion of two major vaccine trials.

The Trust’s award-winning Highfield Unit, which has an 18-bed youth inpatient unit as part of Oxford Health’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), was also visited during the visit alongside the adjoining site where an 8-bed intensive psychiatric ward intensive care unit (ICU) is under construction and is expected to open in the new year.

This unit will be able to provide specialized care to young people going through the most disturbed phase of a serious mental disorder so that they can receive short-term treatment closer to home.

Dr Broughton commented: “It has been a great opportunity to share our vision with the chair and realize our hopes, goals and aspirations to be the best trust of our kind in the country and to develop a science campus of national and international brain health. importance.”

Mr Meddings was appointed chairman of NHS England in March 2022 and during his four-year term he will focus on recovering health services from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and expanding the workforce. He previously served on the board of HM Treasury and as chairman of TSB Bank, and is a non-executive director of Credit Suisse.

Posted: November 24, 2022

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