Sheena's Blog: New Year

by Sheena Cumiskey - 21 January 2016

As this is my first blog of 2016, I’d first like to briefly touch upon some of the key highlights that we as a Trust achieved in 2015:

In July, we received top marks nationally - for the second year in a row - in the CQC community mental health survey 2015. This is a particularly special achievement, as these results are linked specifically to the views and feedback of our service users. We will be carrying out the 2016 survey in February. If you haven’t yet popped up a poster to display information about the survey please download the survey poster here.

In October I was deeply humbled to discover that I had been chosen as CEO of the Year at the 2015 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards. As I said at the time, this award is a real reflection of the superb work you all do (staff, service users, volunteers and partners) for Team CWP, and it was wonderful to receive the award on everyone’s behalf.

November saw the publication of our results for our Trust wide CQC inspection, which took place throughout June. I’m really proud that we were deemed ‘Good’ overall, and ‘Outstanding’ for the care we provide. A lot of work went into ensuring we were collectively prepared to welcome the CQC inspectors, and I know that a lot more work will go into ensuring that we take the CQC’s feedback on board, and do everything we can improve all services. One of the things that shone throughout the inspection process was the commitment of everyone involved with CWP, and again I thank you for this.

In December we got the wonderful news that Avril Devaney, our director of nursing and therapies, had received an MBE for services to mental health nursing. Avril has been an inspiring champion for people with mental health difficulties throughout her 30+ years of service. She always reflects our values of compassionate care, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving to be recognised with such an amazing accolade.

Clearly, 2015 was a pretty special one for CWP, and I think it’s really important that we do take some time to reflect and appreciate all your hard work. Looking forwards, we must now concentrate our efforts into maintaining this positive momentum and continue in the right direction.

2016 will, of course, bring its own challenges. Indeed, the widely known national pressures facing the NHS will continue to be a big factor for all organisations.

One thing that I know is that we will continue strive to further improve the quality of care we provide our service users, and as such, we will all have to think outside the box to challenge ourselves to work in smarter, streamlined and more integrated ways.

We are currently predicted to end this year with a small deficit. Like everyone, our commitment to transformation will be key to our success in 2016. This will include working above and beyond our usual cost improvement programmes, and really thinking about what adds value and what doesn’t in all aspects of our work.

I passionately believe that we have every reason to be optimistic about the upcoming year.  Due to our many successes, we are undoubtedly regarded as a major national voice in community and mental health and leaders in the field.

As the cold weather continues to sweep in and out, I’d just like to remind everyone that our flu immunisation campaign is still ongoing.  Public Health England today informed trusts that the flu virus is now in circulation so it is more important than ever to protect yourself, your colleagues, patients and family by getting a flu jab.

Wishing you all the very best for the coming year.

Sheena

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