Landmark health agreement signed

By on 01/04/2010 in News
(From left to right) Moira Dummer, Chief Executive of South Birmingham PCT, Peter Hay, Strategic Director of Adults and Communities at Birmingham City Council, Sophia Christie, Chief Executive of Birmingham East and North PCT, and Kevin McGee, Chief Executive of Heart of Birmingham TPCT.

(From left to right) Moira Dummer, Chief Executive of South Birmingham PCT, Peter Hay, Strategic Director of Adults and Communities at Birmingham City Council, Sophia Christie, Chief Executive of Birmingham East and North PCT, and Kevin McGee, Chief Executive of Heart of Birmingham TPCT.

The Chief Executives of Birmingham's three Primary Care Trusts joined Peter Hay, Strategic Director of Adults and Communities at Birmingham City Council yesterday in an historic signing, creating a pooled budget of over £300 million for learning disability and mental health services in the city.

The Section 75 agreement is a legal agreement under the 2006 Health Act, which will lead to all four partners commissioning services together, rather than separately. Adults and Communities will leading learning disability commissioning for all four partner organisations, while NHS Birmingham East and North take the lead on commissioning mental health services.

Jon Tomlinson, Director of Joint Commissioning – Learning Disabilities & Mental Health, at Birmingham City Council, comments:

“This is an important first step towards greater partnership working, meaning we can reduce inefficiencies and free up more resources to where they are most needed, for the benefit of people with learning disabilities and mental ill health.”

ENDS

For more information please contact Hayley Meachin on 0121 303 1271/ 07920 750007  hayley.meachin@birmingham.gov.uk

To read previous release on the Section 75, please click on the link:

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