Sheena's blog - Time to reflect

by Sheena Cumiskey - 17 November 2016

Last weekend was Remembrance Sunday – an opportunity to remember and honour those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to secure and protect our freedom.

It is during these brief moments of reflection that I believe we are really able to take stock of – and be grateful for - what’s important in life, and consider the small things that many of us can take for granted: our health, our home, our families and our friends.

As care providers, having an appreciation of life’s small comforts is, I believe, particularly important, as these are things that many vulnerable people in our communities don’t have. For us, understanding the challenges a person is facing is often the first step to helping someone find their feet.

I’m frequently blown away by the countless small acts of kindness shown by our staff to support those in need. Every day I am told about numerous examples of staff going the extra mile and truly personifying the 6Cs of Care, Compassion, Courage, Communication, Commitment and Competence.

Just this week, examples of this selflessness and kind heartedness that I’ve encountered include: a team from Soss Moss in East Cheshire, led by Dr Adrian Burke, who are supporting the Movember campaign via “Team SossMoustache”; staff at Springview ward in Wirral, who held a commemorative bake sale earlier this week with all proceeds being donated to the Royal British Legion; and Alison Jones in the Communications Team, who is taking part in an upcoming sponsored sleep out to raise funds for the Charles Thompson Mission.

I know that so many more staff take part in similar activities all year round and they are all a credit to themselves and this organisation.

In addition to having such selfless and generous staff, we have a couple more causes for celebration that I’d like to touch upon. Firstly, we have yet again been scored highly in the annual CQC Community Mental Health Survey. Compared to the other trusts that took part across England (58 organisations), CWP is ‘better’ than average for treatments overall. At a time when, nationally, the NHS is facing a lot of challenges, I think this is a fantastic achievement. We will keep ensuring that we look at ways to continue to improve the quality of care we can provide.

Finally, you may have heard that our membership magazine CWP Life was awarded Gold in the Best Publication category at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) North West Pride Awards 2016.

CWP life is an incredibly important publication for us, not least because it keeps our wider membership (almost 15,000 people) informed about important issues for the Trust, and gives users of our services a voice to tell their story. CWP Life was particularly commended for its commitment to ensuring the patient voice is always heard, and I’d like to offer my congratulations to everyone involved. If you have never read an issue of CWP Life, I’d really recommend giving it a go - it’s an award winning read!

Very best wishes,

Sheena.


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