Did your NHS Trust accept or reject LXP Funding? The FOI results are in!!!

In December 2021, NHS England offered all NHS Mental Health Trusts in England the chance to apply for funding for a Band 7 LXP post. Band 7 is a management banding that sits just below strategy decision making posts. Most LXPs are managed by non-LXP staff in these posts, whereas this role would have funded an LXP to lead a co-produced training package and manage LXP staff, who would also have been employed at fair payment bands. Despite most Trusts not employing one LXP at Band 7 out of the hundreds of other staff employed at this level, we can now reveal that less than half of the NHS Mental Health Trusts applied for this funding.

NHS England has responded to our FOI (Freedom of Information Request), which is detailed below. You can read the response on the What Do They Know website here:

Dear LXP Revolution,  

Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) request dated 02 August
2021.

Your exact request was:

“In December 2020 the Adult Mental Health Team at NHSE offered Mental
Health Trusts the chance to apply for funding for a Band 7 KUF Lived
Experience Professional role.

Please provide a list of NHS Trusts which:
* were given the opportunity to apply for funding for the post
* applied and were successful
* applied and were unsuccessful
* did not apply for the funding

In addition, please provide:
* Reasons why some trusts were successful and details of the posts that
were developed (ie. job description/person spec)
* Reasons why some trusts were unsuccessful in applications
* Reasons trusts gave as to why they did not apply for the funding
* Any dates when this funding will be re-offered to NHS Trusts”

NHS England holds information in relation to your request.

NHS England has provided information in relation to your request in order
below.

Please provide a list of NHS Trusts which:

* Were given the opportunity to apply for funding for the post

All lead providers of secondary adult mental health services in England,
were able to apply for funding for these posts via NHS England Regional
Mental Health Teams in December 2020. All 7 Regional Mental Health Teams
were asked to cascade the offer to secondary care adult mental health
providers operating within their region.
 

* Applied and were successful

Funding was awarded to 24 mental health trusts:
 

Provider name
Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Trust
Barnet, Enfield, and Haringey MH Trust
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Camden and Islington Foundation Trust
Central and North West London Trust
Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
East London Foundation Trust
Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Hertfordshire Partnership University Trust
Isle of Wight NHS Trust
Kent & Medway NHS Partnership Trust
Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Navigo CIC
Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Norfolk and Suffolk Mental Health Foundation Trust 
North West Boroughs NHS Foundation Trust
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Partnership bid in line with Primary and Community Mental Health
Transformation (PCMHT) developments. Sheffield Health and Social Care
Foundation Trust (SHSC) and Primary Care Sheffield (PCS)
Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
West London Trust

* Applied and were unsuccessful

 
All trusts who applied received the funding.
 

* Did not apply for the funding

55 Trusts received the funding offer, of those 31 trusts did not apply.
The list of these trusts is provided below. Two trusts also put in an
application but then later withdrew, Devon Partnership Trust and Livewell
CIC. For the purposes of this FOI they are considered as not applying as
the application was later withdrawn:
 

Provider name
BIRMINGHAM AND SOLIHULL MENTAL HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Trust
BLACK COUNTRY HEALTHCARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
BRADFORD DISTRICT CARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
CAMBRIDGESHIRE AND PETERBOROUGH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL PARTNERSHIP NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
CORNWALL PARTNERSHIP NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
CUMBRIA, NORTHUMBERLAND, TYNE AND WEAR NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
DERBYSHIRE HEALTHCARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
DEVON PARTNERSHIP NHS TRUST
GLOUCESTERSHIRE HEALTH AND CARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
GREATER MANCHESTER MENTAL HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
HEREFORDSHIRE AND WORCESTERSHIRE HEALTH AND CARE NHS TRUST
HUMBER TEACHING NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
LANCASHIRE & SOUTH CUMBRIA NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
LEICESTERSHIRE PARTNERSHIP NHS TRUST
LIVEWELL SOUTHWEST CIC
NORTH EAST LONDON FOUNDATION TRUST
NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE COMBINED HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST
OXFORD HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
OXLEAS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
PENNINE CARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
ROTHERHAM DONCASTER AND SOUTH HUMBER NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
SOLENT NHS TRUST
SOMERSET NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
SOUTH LONDON AND MAUDSLEY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
SOUTH WEST LONDON AND ST GEORGE’S MENTAL HEALTH NHS TRUST
SOUTH WEST YORKSHIRE PARTNERSHIP NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
SOUTHERN HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
SUSSEX PARTNERSHIP NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
TEES, ESK AND WEAR VALLEYS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

* In addition, please provide:

* Reasons why some trusts were successful and details of the posts that
were developed (ie. job description/person spec)
An example Job Description (JD) and Person Specification (PS) was shared
when the offer was cascaded to regional mental health teams. This JD and
PS document is attached to this response. Providers were successful if
they were able to confirm that funding would be utilised to recruit a role
in line with the JD and PS.

* Reasons why some trusts were unsuccessful in applications
No trusts applied and were not successful.

* Reasons trusts gave as to why they did not apply for the funding

* short timescales attached to the funding: the offer was cascaded in
December for a January and February allocation
* system pressures related to the Covid-19 pandemic: England was in the
third wave when the optional process was launched.

 
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