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Delivered by Suzanne Robinson, Director of Finance, Performance and Digital It's a real pleasure to be asked to be the guest provider of this week's CEO Blog whilst Caroline has been on annual leave.   And it's even more of a pleasure to be able to tell you about a whole host of great things that have been going on in just the past week alone – involving our frontline staff a ...

It's been a week where almost every day it feels I've been involved in hugely positive meetings about our long term ambitions and strategies, as well as receiving reassurance of the high regard in which our Trust is held. Good news from the CQC  We heard from the CQC this week that our Trust has been selected to feature in a CQC publication as one of the most improved in the ...

I didn't write a blog last week due to the bank holiday so a double whammy this week! CQC update One of the key issues for us in the last week or so has been the announcement by the CQC that they are coming to do our well led assessment during the week of 30 October. As a reminder, the well led inspection will have a much stronger focus on the Board and senior management team ...

Care Quality Commission (CQC) new regime workshops We are anticipating the CQC will be coming back to us soon as part of the annual visits under the new CQC inspection process. This time, the clinical core service review will be unannounced so the CQC could turn up to any of our services. The well-led review will be focussing on the Trust Board and senior managers, of which we ...

Celebrating a fantastic year Many thanks to everyone who was able to make it to our AGM last Thursday. It really was a fantastic occasion and an opportunity to celebrate everything we have done over the past year with our own staff, our service users and our partners. I particularly enjoyed seeing all the stands in the breakout area and the main auditorium - thank you to every ...

Promoting Freedom to Speak Up It’s been a week where I’ve spent a lot of my time engaged in how we can support our staff to feel included and valued. One of the highlights was interviewing a range of excellent candidates for the role of our Freedom to Speak Up Guardian. The role of the Guardian is to work alongside our teams to continue to support the organisation in becoming ...

I started the week feeling refreshed after a week's break. It was really nice to have a week off and spend time with my family - I have quite a lot going on at home at the moment with different members of my family needing support. As so much of my life is consumed with my work, I have had to review a little bit how I am spending my time to allocate more time to my family who a ...

Delivered by Dr Buki Adeyemo, Medical Director On Monday, I met with Dr John James, Interim Medical Director for the Staffordshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). I used the opportunity to talk about the progress we have made in developing and embedding clinical leadership across the Trust, including changing our management structure to double clinical leadership ...

It’s been another hectic but productive week, with the Trust once again proving its quality. Care Quality Commission (CQC) data submitted in full and on time  A significant amount of time last week was taken up in finalising the CQC data return that required over 220 information requests, not only for data but often requiring an explanation of our approach to a particular are ...

The past week has been seen not one, not two, but three extremely successful conferences and events organised by our staff and teams. On Tuesday, we hosted the latest in our nationally recognised Neuropsychiatry conferences. This was the sixth Neuropsychiatry conference we have hosted and the focus of this year’s event was Huntington’s disease (HD). This year marks the 30th an ...