Engagement is at the heart of what we do as an NHS Foundation Trust - through our members and our service users and their carers, such as through the Friends and Family Test. We also regularly engage with the public, and sometimes carry out formal consultations when significant service changes are proposed.

Public engagement

It is important that members of the public and those who may use our services in the future can have their say. We regularly attend community events to discuss our work. We also carry out specific engagement activities around important projects and developments.

We are currently engaging with the public on the following projects:

Dormitory eradication programme and development of new hospital units

Significant national investment of £80m is paving the way for the development of new mental health facilities across Derbyshire. New hospital facilities will be built to support adults who require acute support for their mental health needs in both Derby and Chesterfield. The new hospitals will provide patients with single bedrooms, with en-suite bathroom facilities.

The development also includes the planned creation of a new Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in Derby, reducing the need for people who require this greater level of support to travel outside of the county, which is the current arrangement.

The new services are expected to open to patients in 2024. The plans, which include a refurbishment of the current Radbourne Unit, will re-provide all mental health beds currently offered by the Trust.

Feedback can be sent to dhcft.engagement@nhs.net

Public consultation

When we or our commissioners are proposing a significant change to services, we will undertake a formal consultation. This is an opportunity for patients, carers, the public, healthcare professionals and other key stakeholders to provide formal feedback on our proposals. 

What public consultations are there involving the Trust?

There are currently no open consultations involving the Trust.

How can I find out about other NHS and health consultations?

Local consultations

For local consultations about health and social care in Derby and Derbyshire, view: 

National consultations

For national NHS consultations, view: