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Meir Partnership Care Hub shortlisted in Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards 2017

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 - with Clinical Directors being multidisciplinary and Heads of Directorate having clinical backgrounds. Furthermore, five of our seven Executive team are clinicians and we have professional groups reporting into the Professional Leads Advisory Group (PLAG).

John was impressed as he had not been aware of the work we have done with regards to strengthening clinical leadership. Alongside all this, we appointed Dr Mark Williams as our Director of Primary Care, while we have also developed links into primary care through the Listening into Action work led by Dr Darren Carr, our Associate Medical Director and Clinical Director for NOAP.

Meir Partnership Care Hub shortlisted in Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards 2017

Our ongoing awards success continued when we were informed we had been chosen as a finalist in the Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards 2017. We have been shortlisted in the Mental Health and Social Care Award in recognition of our excellent partnership work with Stoke-on-Trent City Council in developing the Meir Partnership Care Hub. The Hub has brought together and co-located health, social care and community practitioners to provide support to the patients of five GP practices in Meir. Both the Trust and local authority have brought in existing partners to develop and focus third sector provision around the locality, which is already making a difference to peoples’ lives. We will be keeping our fingers crossed on 12 October when the winners will be announced by Positive Practice, a national collaborative that celebrates and shares excellence in mental health services.

What it truly means to be person-centred

Staff came together on Wednesday to take part in a brainstorming session about what it means to be truly person-centred. Being person-centred is crucial when caring for our service users to ensure their needs are being met. It's also about how we engage with each other and the type of language we use when we talk to patients and colleagues that shows we care about them and value them as individuals. There will be more information provided over the next few months about how this will be developed, so keep an eye out for this.

Meanwhile, we are holding our first Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Focus Group on Wednesday 2 August at Lawton House to review the experience we offer to BAME service users and colleague and identify where we can highlight good practice and make improvements. The group will be facilitated by Yvonne Coghill OBE, Director of Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) Implementation at NHS England. Staff, service users and carers are invited to take part. You do not need to be BAME to take part, but we would particularly encourage our BAME staff, service users and carers to come along. Please share widely in your area of responsibility and encourage participation for the following sessions:

  • Session 1: 9.30-10.30am - Service User/Carer Focus- Focussing on our service provision and the quality of experience we offer at the Trust to our BAME service users.
  • Refreshment break: 10.30-11am (refreshments provided).
  • Session 2: 11am-12pm - Staff Focus- Focussing on the quality of experience we offer at the Trust to our BAME colleagues.

To book your place, please email Diversity@northstaffs.nhs.uk or call ext 2814. If you require transport from Harplands (and/or back again) please email Diversity@northstaffs.nhs.uk and this will be arranged.

Keele University collaboration workshop

On Thursday, we held a small workshop with colleagues from Keele University to discuss how we will work collaboratively to strengthen the links between our two organisations. It was a really productive meeting that generated a number of good ideas and we'll be taking these forward.

Learning Management System (LMS) already a success

I’m very pleased that our new Learning Management System (LMS) is already proving a success, with more than 550 lessons and assessments having been completed and passed. Nearly 300 staff have used the LMS and the feedback has been really positive.

Buki