Have your say on local NHS trust's new name
5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is planning to change its name.
As part of this, service users, carers, staff and public are being offered the chance to vote and share their views on the proposed name options before a final decision is made.
Historically, 5 Boroughs Partnership has provided treatment, support and guidance for a wide range of physical and mental health issues, as well as learning disability services to people living in the five boroughs of Halton, Knowsley, St Helens, Warrington and Wigan.
Over the last six months, the Trust has won contracts to deliver a number of new services to people in areas outside of these five boroughs, including services across Greater Manchester and in Sefton.
As a result of this, we now have services based in parts of three North West counties – Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester – and covering 15 boroughs. This means the name 5 Boroughs Partnership no longer reflects what we do and where we deliver our services.
Bernard Pilkington, Chair of 5 Boroughs Partnership, said: "5 Boroughs Partnership is growing and the Trust Board agrees this is the right time to change our name to reflect the new-look community and mental health organisation we have become.
"We also feel strongly that our service users, carers and staff in the new boroughs we are and will be serving deserve to have a sense of belonging to an organisation which includes them within its name."
NHS Identity is the national body which manages the strong NHS brand. It has clear guidelines about what NHS organisations can be called. This aims to help patients, the public and stakeholders easily understand and identify NHS services and what they do.
The proposed new name options being consulted on meet these requirements.
The proposed options are:
1) North West Boroughs Care NHS Foundation Trust
2) North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
3) Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester Care NHS Foundation Trust
People can have their say and vote for their preferred option by visiting www.5boroughspartnership.nhs.uk/name-change and completing a short online survey by Sunday 12 March.
Following the consultation process, a recommended name will need to be formally approved by the Trust Board and Council of Governors before the change can take effect.