Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) celebrated its annual Big Book of Best Practice event last week with ex-Warrington Wolves and England star Paul Wood.

The event, delivered alongside the Trust Annual Members' Meeting on Friday 17 November in Ellesmere Port, was an opportunity for all Big Book entrants across CWP to shine a light on local community best practice initiatives over the last year.

With over 150 people in attendance, and 35 exhibitors showcasing best practice examples to stakeholders, CWP staff and the public, it was a day to feel inspired and give recognition to those who have made a difference to the health and wellbeing of others in their work.

Tim Welch (CEO), Isla Wilson (Independent
Chair) and Paul Wood

Tim Welch, CEO for CWP, said: ‘It was a fantastic event and one I was immensely proud to be involved in. We produce the Big Book and host our celebration event as a way of sharing innovative work from within CWP. It promotes what good healthcare looks like and celebrates the positive outcomes we achieve for our service users.

"The book has become a fantastic tool for sharing experiences across the Trust and has facilitated improved services and better care. For example, our Living Well Bus, which has delivered 380 clinics across Cheshire and Merseyside since its launch, to give COVID-19 vaccinations, physical checks, and mental wellbeing support. I would also like to extend my thanks to Paul for officially opening the event.”

Paul Wood, former rugby league and England player, spoke about his mental health experiences as a professional athlete alongside his charity work with Rugby League Cares. He said, “I was absolutely blown away by the attendance and generosity that was shown to myself. The day was a great example of NHS colleagues sharing innovative best practice demonstrating how the Trust has improved services and delivers better care. The opportunity to represent Rugby League Cares was also very much appreciated.”

Isla Wilson (Independent Chair) with a pet
from animal assisted therapy

The day also played host to a series of wellness recovery workshops thanks to CWP’s Involvement, Recovery and Wellness Centre, alongside animal assisted therapy with Home Safari colleagues - who support Cheshire and Wirral Partnership with patient rehabilitation.