Health chiefs prepare to change trust’s name

Five Borough's chairman Bernard Pilkington
Five Borough's chairman Bernard Pilkington

A healthcare organisation treating people in St Helens is planning to change its name.

And patients, carers, staff and members of the public can have their say on the new title for 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

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.

But over the past six months it has won contracts to deliver new services to people in other areas, including in Sefton and across Greater Manchester.

It now has services covering 15 boroughs in Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire, so has decided it is time to change its name.

Chairman Bernard Pilkington 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, which manages the NHS brand, has clear guidelines on what NHS organisations can be called, so that people can easily understand and identify services and what they do.

Three options have been suggested for the trust’s new name and they meet the requirements.

The proposals are: North West Boroughs Care NHS Foundation Trust; North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust; and Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester Care NHS Foundation Trust.

People can have their say and vote for their preferred option by visiting and completing a short survey by Sunday, March 12.

After the consultation, a recommended name will need to be formally approved by the trust board and council of governors before the change can take effect.