Notes to editors
1. For further information, including examples of completed projects, and interviews, please contact Beverley Cohen in The King's Fund media and public relations office on 020 7307 2632 or Michael Moruzzi on 020 7307 2585.
2. The following mental health trusts are taking part in the scheme:
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust; Beds and Luton Community NHS Trust; Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust; Buckinghamshire Mental Health NHS Trust; Cornwall Partnership Trust; County Durham & Darlington Priority Services NHS Trust; Dorset Healthcare NHS Trust; East Kent NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust; Humber Mental Health NHS Teaching Trust; Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Trust; Lancashire Care NHS Trust; Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust; Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Trust; Manchester Mental Health & Social Care Trust; Mersey Care NHS Trust; Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland Mental Health NHS Trust; North Essex Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust; North West Surrey Partnership NHS Trust; Sheffield Care Trust; South Staffordshire Healthcare NHS Trust; South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust; Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust; Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.
3. Enhancing the Healing Environment: A Guide to NHS Trusts, is a publication to enable health workers to learn from the positive results of the programme, written by Sarah Waller and Hedley Finn.
4. NHS Estates is an executive agency of the Department of Health, responsible for the development and implementation of policies across estates and facilities management. Among its major programmes is Improving the Patient Experience, which is aimed at delivering a better environment for patients, staff and visitors. The national extension of Enhancing the Healing Environment, which is being taken forward jointly by NHS Estates and the Chief Nursing Officer in support of work to improve the patient experience, forms a major strand of this programme.
5. The King's Fund is an independent charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London. We carry out research, policy analysis and development activities, working on our own, in partnerships, and through grants. We are a major resource to people working in health, offering leadership and education courses; seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; and conference and meeting facilities.