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The pace of change doesn't let up

Hi all... as Christmas and the end of 2017 approaches, the pace of change in this quite extraordinary year is not letting up.

DELIVERING THE REPONSE TO THE CQC SYSTEM REVIEW

As I have previously shared with you, I have agreed to lead the production of the response to the CQC System Review of the North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent health and care system on behalf of colleagues in health and local government. It’s been an enormous and challenging task, against really tight deadlines, with input from colleagues across all our organisations, and fantastic organisational and logistical support from Laurie Wrench, Associate Director of Governance, and Zoe Grant, Quality Assurance and Improvement Manager, and great input from our own Director of Strategy Andrew Hughes. Leading the co-ordination of all of this work has really given me heart that, no matter how difficult the challenges our local health and care system is facing there are some fantastic and committed people throughout our patch with ideas and determination to really make a difference and deliver real improvement and transformation for the people we serve.

REGIONAL STP MENTAL HEALTH LEADS MEETING

I spent Thursday leading the NHS Midlands and East regional meeting of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) mental health leads. This was the first meeting which I chaired, bringing together the STP leads with Health Education England, NHS England, NHS Improvement, Public Health England and the clinical networks. The meeting went very well. The group will focus on sharing strategy, influencing and focussing on workforce transformation. There is a national ask to increase the mental health workforce by 19,000 which is incredibly challenging. For Staffordshire, the plan requires a growth of 400 staff to be able to deliver mental health transformation.

CELEBRATING OUR STAFF AND SERVICES WITH NEW POSTER CAMPAIGN

You will all know that I’m really keen that we shout our record of improvement and achievement from the rooftops, and in particular make sure that our staff and service users are put front and centre of the way we tell our story. I was really pleased to sign off this week a new set of posters which our Comms Team have produced and which will be going up around various locations in the Trust in the coming days and weeks. They celebrate achievements from across all areas of Combined, such as:

  • The fastest improving mental health trust in the country.
  • 18 consecutive years of financial balance.
  • No child waiting more than 18 weeks for a CAMHS assessment.
  • Best performing trust in England for IAPT recovery rates.
  • Highest conversion rates to psychiatry training of any medical school in England.
  • Average length of stay for new learning disability admissions cut by 60%.
  • Third highest mental health trust in England for staff engagement.

FLU FIGHTER CAMPAIGN UPDATE

Our second 24-hour Jab-a-thon gets underway from 6.30am this Thursday 7 December. We continue to vaccinate more people this year than at the equivalent stage last year, but there’s no room for complacency. A big thank you to staff who has so far supported our #CombinedFluFighter campaign by receiving their vaccination – protecting themselves, their colleagues, patients, friends and family.