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Well led CQC assessment starting this week

CQC UPDATE - WELL LED ASSESSMENT STARTS THIS WEEK! 

The latest stage of our CQC inspection starts this week, as they return to carry out our well led assessment. Good luck to everyone being interviewed as they tell their story of the great work they are doing towards our vision of becoming ‘Outstanding’. I know our staff will do themselves and the Trust proud. 

COMBINED DELIVERING FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

You may well have seen the extensive national coverage given last week to the first phase of a Government-commissioned review of mental health services for children and young people in England. We were able to take the opportunity to publicise the great strides being made by our children and young people's directorate.

Over the last two years, the directorate has made incredible progress in ensuring children and young people are seen in a timely manner for an initial assessment, they receive a good quality risk assessment and care plan and that everyone is allocated a care coordinator, with the result that:

  • No child now waits more than 18 weeks for a first assessment by Combined Healthcare and 97% of these are in treatment.
  • Two thirds of Children and Young People are seen for a first assessment within four weeks.

The  teams have also:

  • Developed a multi-agency single point of access service enabling right service, right time, right place.
  • Rolled out a new programme of high intensity evidence based treatment groups supporting children with a range of mental health disorders, including self-harm, anxiety and depression.
  • Introduced ADHD and ASD skills workshops in CAMHS sites across the whole of Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.
  • Developed a new specialist community eating disorder team, with 100% of children and young people receiving treatment within four weeks of referral for routine cases; and one week for urgent cases.
  • Unveiled a new garden at the Trust's Tier 4 CAMHS service at the Darwin Centre as part of a programme of investment to + improve therapeutic environments.
  • Joined forces with local schools to launch a nationally leading new mental health and wellbeing strategy. The strategy has been launched as part of an exciting partnership between Combined Healthcare and the following schools across Stoke-on-Trent.
  • Our CAMHS in Schools Team Lead, Julia Ford, has been shortlisted for the HSJ Clinical Leader of the Year Award.

Dr Matt Johnson, our Interim Clinical Director for Children and Young People’s services was quoted on BBC Radio Stoke on Friday flying the flag for a great team and some really hard work delivering significant improvements for our young people and their families.

LOCAL MPs DEBATE FINANCIAL SITUATION FACING NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE'S NHS IN HOUSE OF COMMONS

MPs representing Stoke-on-Trent took part in a debate in the House of Commons on Monday into the serious financial challenges facing the NHS in North Staffordshire.

Thank you to Gareth Snell, MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, for securing the debate and also to Jack Brereton, MP for Stoke-on-Trent South, who made the following comment highlighting Combined Healthcare’s financial performance: “I recognise that there are significant financial challenges, particularly around the hospital, but North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, for example, has made significant improvements in the wider health economy.”

It is very welcome that the worrying financial situation facing the local health and social care economy is being debated at this level and I am pleased that Philip Dunne, Health Minister and MP for Ludlow has agreed to visit the area to see first-hand the situation on the ground. Thank you also to Stoke-on-Trent North MP Ruth Smeeth and Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy or taking part in the debate.

MEETING WITH NEW CHAIR FOR STAFFORDSHIRE STP

I was really pleased last week to have met Sir Neil McKay, the newly-appointed chair for Staffordshire STP. Neil came to meet with Chief Executives and Accountable Officers as part of our two week catch-up. It was very helpful to hear his views, particularly his support of the Alliance Boards and integrated locality working.

FLU FIGHTER CAMPAIGN UPDATE

Our Combined Flu Fighter campaign continues this week with further flu clinics being held for our staff. Maria Nelligan, our Director of Nursing and Quality, has had her flu jab and says: “It’s important that we ensure we are flu safe. Please become a #CombiendFluFighter and help us to once again become the top performing mental health trust in the country!”

NHS STAFF SURVEY - PLEASE MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

While it’s important to ensure we are #flusafe, it’s equally important that staff have their say about the Trust and what we can do better. The NHS Staff Survey provides this opportunity and all staff are being encouraged to make their voice heard. A number of initiatives were introduced as a result of feedback received from last year’s Staff Survey, including the following health and wellbeing schemes:

  • Feel Good Friday (and Wellbeing Wednesday at Lawton House)
  • Pilates at Lawton House
  • Healthier options in the vending machines throughout the Trust, as well as the catering service and Level One café at Harplands
  • Fast track physio service
  • Staff Support and Counselling Service mindfulness, team building, coaching and mentoring courses
  • Health and Wellbeing portal on SID
  • Staff use of Harplands Gym