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Monday, 05 December 2022

Richmond Wellbeing Service staff join South West London and St George’s

Richmond Wellbeing Service staff join South West London and St George’s

Richmond Wellbeing Service cares for our communities in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, providing support with conditions such as depression and anxiety using talking therapies.

It is based at St John’s Health Centre in Twickenham and provides Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services and Primary Care Liaison.

The service was delivered by East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) for the past ten years, but has now transferred to South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust.

This change followed discussions with partners to bring together adult mental health services under the local lead provider.

The two mental health trusts worked together on the transfer to ensure a safe, smooth and positive development for staff, patients and professionals.

Yvonne Hemmings, Clinical Lead for IAPT and Primary Care, said: “It is great to be able to welcome these colleagues to our organisation.

“There is no change in the way we work with our service users, who will continue to receive the same excellent standard of care the service currently provides.”

The change did not impact on jobs, and South West London and St George’s regularly engaged with the 68 staff who have transferred to our Trust to ensure they were kept informed and had important two-way conversations about the change.

The Trust has worked to create a warm welcome for these staff and a smooth onboarding process to ensure continuity and retention of staff, and ongoing successful recruitment to the team when required.

Yvonne added: “Richmond Wellbeing Services have a well-deserved reputation for excellent care. Both our trusts are determined to protect and build on that through the opportunities presented by integration and community transformation.

“We are confident that by bringing our teams together, we can further enhance mental health and wellbeing services to the communities of Richmond.”

You can find contact details and up to date information about Richmond Wellbeing Service on the website.


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