Solent NHS Trust runs mental health and community services and community hospitals in Southampton and Portsmouth: Western Community Hospital, Royal South Hants Hospital, St James Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital, Gosport War Memorial Hospital and Petersfield Hospital.
In December 2013 it was announced that the Trust would be among the first to trial the Care Quality Commission’s planned approach to inspecting mental health services because Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority wanted assurance on the quality of the services they provide before progressing their Foundation Trust applications.
Th Trust is now running the Adelaide Health Centre in Southampton which cost £16m to build but is half empty as local GPs refused to move into it. The building was commissioned by the now defunct Southampton City Primary Care Trust and the Trust now leases the space for £1.5m per annum on a 25-year contract.
In February 2014 Dr Ros Tolcher announced she would be leaving her post at the Trust to take up a new role as chief executive at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust where she grew up.
The trust proposes to sue Hampshire County Council for loss of profits after it awarded a £41.3m contract for adult substance misuse services which they previously provided to Inclusion Drug Services, part of South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
It was named by the Health Service Journal as one of the top hundred NHS trusts to work for in 2015. At that time it had 3149 full time equivalent staff and a sickness absence rate of 4.66%. 70% of staff recommend it as a place for treatment and 52% recommended it as a place to work.
The Trust abandoned its bid for NHS Foundation Trust in December 2015.