Sheena’s Blog: Welcoming a new decade at CWP

02 January 2020

As we move into 2020, I would first of all like to take the time to wish you all a happy new year. This past year has been one to remember for everyone here at #TeamCWP and it is because of the people who access our services, members of staff and volunteers that we have so much to celebrate. A huge thank you to all of you for continuing to help us in being the best we can be.

The past year has been our biggest yet in terms of national recognition. We were rated as ‘Outstanding’ for caring and ‘Good’ overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). It was also a huge honour to be announced as one of six finalists in the mental health provider of the year category at the prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards, where we also were able to celebrate our wider community services. I would also like to reflect on our Big Book of Best Practice, which brought home the highly commended accolade at the HSJ Value Awards and Silver Award at the CIPR PRide Awards.

Alongside this, it was fantastic to hear Andy Styring, Stephanie John and the Next Step Cards initiative named as North West regional winners in the NHS Parliamentary Awards after being nominated by local MPs.

It has been wonderful to see CWP’s services expanding over the past year. At the start of 2019, chief nursing officer for England Ruth May joined us at the VIP opening of the Wirral Birch Centre and we welcomed colleagues from Old Hall Surgery to #TeamCWP.

In addition, we have launched CANDDID, a centre of excellence which brings together education, training and research in the fields of neuro-developmental disorders and intellectual disabilities, and our dedicated CAMHS website,, was relaunched on World Mental Health Day following an extensive modern makeover! Originally launched in 2011, MyMind has been a leader in its field and I’m delighted we’ve been able to make it even better.

These achievements are a testament to the hard work of all the people who are providing outstanding care, day in, day out, and as we are always striving to continuously improve our services, it is crucially important that we listen to learn. I was therefore delighted to learn that last year, over 50% of our staff filled out their annual NHS Staff Survey. I look forward to receiving and acting on this feedback in 2020 to make a difference for #TeamCWP.

As you may already be aware, 2020 is the Year of the Nurse and Midwife in recognition of what would have been the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale and we are looking forward to celebrating alongside our national NHS colleagues.  You can get involved by using the national hashtag #OurNurseMidwife2020

Looking at the year ahead, we have a number of exciting developments on the cards! In January, we will be opening two new specialist mental health wards in Macclesfield. Named Silk Ward and Mulberry Ward, the new units are part of plans to enhance mental health community services in the area.

We will also be opening a new wellbeing resource centre in Chester city centre early this year. Designed in collaboration with people with lived experience of mental ill-health, ‘Number 71’ will provide early intervention support and treatment for people experiencing a mental health crisis, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

In recent years we’ve worked closely with our colleagues within the Cheshire West and Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnerships to support people’s physical health in a more joined up way. In 2020 we will be continuing this progress to ensure people receive the person-centred care they need.

Working with partners has always been a huge part of what we do here at CWP and I am delighted to announce that we will be continuing this throughout 2020. The first ever Cheshire and Merseyside Future of Psychiatry Conference, a joint initiative between CWP, Mersey Care and North West Boroughs, will be taking place in February, and in March we will be working with our partners at Health Education England (HEE) on the national role out of the Lived Experience Connector role.

Whilst there will no doubt be challenges to face, I am confident that we will all work hard to continue to provide person-centred care to the people who access our services. Thank you all for making it an absolute pleasure to work for this organisation and the people of Cheshire and Wirral.

All the best for the year ahead,


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