Sheena's Blog: Easter is just around the corner

by Sheena Cumiskey - 17 March 2016

I can’t believe that Easter is nearly here and it is so lovely to have lighter evenings; it certainly gives me a spring in my step, which is especially helpful as I am back in training this time for the Manchester 10k.

I am delighted to welcome Avril Devaney, director of nursing, therapies and patient partnership back after a period of leave, and to congratulate her again for her MBE.  She recently visited the palace for the Queen to present this honour. I would also like to thank Stephen Scorer, interim director of nursing, therapies and patient partnership for the time he has spent with us over the last six months and wish him well in the future.

I am very proud of the achievements of our team at CWP and I am delighted to share with you that Alex Haydock, clinical nurse specialist from CAMHS 16-19 Service in West Cheshire has been awarded the Queen’s Nursing Award. He will visit London in May to meet others in his cohort and formally receive the title, which he explains he will use to drive forward improvements in the 16-19 service, another innovative piece of work that began in 2000. It is wonderful to work with people who are truly dedicated to improving the lives of those we work with.

Continuous improvement is a key area for CWP and to help with this we are holding a number of targeted workshops for specific core specialist areas defined by the CQC. These sessions will give you the opportunity to reflect on, and celebrate, all the good practice that was highlighted within the CQC reports, and to plan how we share this practice and identify areas for further improvement. All staff are welcome and I would encourage anyone who is interested to attend these workshops as they provide a great forum for discussion, as we are equally keen to hear your thoughts for improving services. You can read more in the latest Share Learning bulletins.

This week also saw Mental Capacity Act Action Day (15 March), an awareness day designed to highlight good Mental Capacity Act practice. The Mental Health Act Team have been out across the trust asking people to consider capacity and how it affects us in every decision we make during our daily lives. They asked people to consider wise and unwise decisions, which we may have made for ourselves or on behalf of other people. Do we always make the best decisions, particularly when acting on behalf of other people?  It certainly makes for interesting thinking, and if you would like to discuss the Act and your role, please call the Mental Health Act Team on 01244 393167.

I’d like to thank you all again for your ongoing hard work to support safe and effective patient care. I hope you are looking forward to spending some time at Easter with your family and friends.

Warmest wishes

Sheena

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