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The West Sussex Health & Social Care NHS Trust, which will see the health service and West Sussex CC social and car...
The West Sussex Health & Social Care NHS Trust, which will see the health service and West Sussex CC social and caring services pooling their resources, has been given the go ahead by health minister Hazel Blears.

Glynn Jones, non executive director, West Sussex Health Authority, has been appointed chair designate and Lisa Rodrigues, project director, West Sussex Partnership Trust Project, has been appointed chief executive designate.

Glynn Jones comments 'I care passionately about the provision of really good services for vulnerable people. Creating this new countywide trust enables us to look at new and innovative ways of working together in partnership with West Sussex CC social and caring services and making the very best use of the pooled resources available between our two organisations.'

Lisa Rodrigues said 'I am delighted to accept the challenge of providing leadership for the West Sussex Health & Social Care NHS Trust. The consultation process enabled us to hear the views of people who use current services, their carers, members of the public and staff. We now have an opportunity to work together in real partnership to modernise services across health and social care. Mental health and learning disability services are often the cinderellas of the public sector, and yet they are needed by many people - one in four of us has a mental health problem at some point in our lives, and the majority of people know someone who has a learning disability. I want to work with staff to make these services the best possible for the people of West Sussex, and to reduce any stigma associated with the need to use them.'

Mark Dunn, cabinet member for social and caring services, adds 'By integrating our mental health resources with our health colleagues we will improve the quality, quantity and range of services provided. I am confident we can build upon successful partnership working to provide a service that will meet current and future needs by offering a service that's geared to the 21st century.'

West Sussex Health Authority, Mid Sussex NHS Trust, Sussex Weald & Downs NHS Trust, Worthing Priority Care NHS Trust and West Sussex CC social and caring services will now be moving ahead with plans to implement the changes necessary to launch the new Trust in April 2002.


Glynn Jones, Chair designate

Glynn has recently retired (31.10.01) as Chief Executive of the City of Brighton and Hove Council after a successful career in local government administration spanning over 30 years. Glynn was born in Newcastle under Lyme and obtained a BA (Hons) degree at Birmingham University. He entered local government to work initially in Further and Higher Education in the midlands. Glynn then moved to London where he worked in Waltham Forest in Higher Education and in Haringey where he held a number of positions in Youth and Community Services, Further Education and Social Services. Glynn became Borough Secretary and Head of Policy and finally, acting Chief Executive. In 1989 Glynn moved to Sussex on his appointment as Chief Executive of the then Brighton Borough Council where he led enormous changes in the structure, financing and culture (the Council won a string of national awards including three Charter Marks) and achieved national recognition as an innovative organisation.

Glynn led the officer response to Local Government re-organisation in the early 90s and was successful in achieving Unitary status for the combined towns of Brighton and Hove. He was appointed, through national competition as Chief Executive of the new Council in 1994. The creation of the new authority was, at that time, one of the most complex re-organisations in Local Government. The new Council was very effective and rapidly gained a national reputation as an innovative organisation. Working together the Council, with its partners, succeeded in turning round the local economy and began a new form of 'City' living. Under Glynn's leadership the Council attracted well over£300m additional Government and EEC funding. Glynn regards the achievement of City status and the unique way in which the Council decided to ask the communities to make the bid as one of the most satisfying points in his career.

In 2001 Glynn was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Sussex in recognition of his services to the City and to Local Government. He decided to retire early to enable him to pursue his many other passions which include music (opera and orchestral), theatre, antiques, tennis, ski-ing, gardening, wine and looking after two donkeys (inherited with the house he bought). In his spare time Glynn is a Member of the Council of the University of Sussex and is a Director / Trustee of a large number of Sussex based organisations. Glynn is 56 and is not married.

Lisa Rodrigues, Chief Executive designate

Lisa started her NHS career in 1973, working as a nursing assistant at a learning disability hospital in Horsham. She went on to train as a nurse and a health visitor at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge and the University of Brighton. She has a Bachelor's degree in Social Psychology and a Master's degree in Public Sector Management. Lisa has been an Executive Director at South Downs Health NHS Trust, Brighton since 1995, and has latterly been on secondment as Project Director in West Sussex setting up the new partnership trust. She is a trustee of the Southern FM Charity Fun-D 2000. She is married with two children, and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going on holiday, supporting Brighton and Hove Albion FC and making excuses about going to the gym. Lisa is 46.

Public consultation started on 16 August 2001 and closed on 14 November 2001. The formal application document for the new Trust was submitted to the Secretary of State in December.

The consultation document and the application document are available on the West Sussex Health Authority website

The three NHS trusts currently providing these services - Mid Sussex NHS Trust, Sussex Weald & Downs NHS Trust and Worthing Priority Care NHS Trust would be dissolved as the new trust is established. Staff and facilities would transfer to the new organisation on 1 April 2002.

The West Sussex Health & Social Care NHS Trust will provide services for the following people across West Sussex:

- Working age people with mental health problems

- Older people with mental health problems

- Children and young people with mental health problems

- People who misuse substances

- People in need of specialist mental health services

- People with learning disabilities

The trust will aim to reduce inequalities, promote positive images of mental health and learning disability and work with people who use services to bring about improvements for the future. The proposed trust is based on two important partnerships:

- Partnership with people who use services and their carers

- Partnership between health and social care

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