A Record-Breaking Year for our REACH Awards

As I mentioned in last week’s Blog, I anticipated finishing last week very positively, with the pleasure of sitting down with colleagues to decide the overall winners and highly commended awards for REACH 2019. It didn’t disappoint. The enjoyment of reading the fabulous tributes from staff to each other, for the brilliant work you all do, not only filled me with pride, but was also a fantastic way to learn more and more about the sheer range of things we do – so many of them leading in their field nationally. I’m really looking forward to the ceremony next week – which should be one of the best we’ve ever done.

There are two more things that I want to share with you. The first is the fabulous news that, yet again, we have been shortlisted in two categories in the prestigious Nursing Times national awards. And the second is the grand opening ceremony for Dragon Square Garden for Specialist Children’s Short Breaks Service, which I was disappointed to have missed due to unavoidable diary commitments.

REACH 2019 – A Record Breaker

Many thanks to everyone who nominated and/or voted in this year’s REACH Awards. It has been a record-breaking year and made our job of deciding the winners and those who are highly commended even tougher than ever. I thought you might like to see some of the stats below which really show the effort you’ve all put in.

The record numbers of staff voting for their colleagues in the Proud to CARE Award was particularly gratifying to see.

Success, of course, can also lead to challenges – and one of the biggest but nicest headaches for our Comms Team organising the event has been the sheer numbers of staff wishing to attend. We simply don’t have enough places available for all members of every Team to attend in person on the night, so we are putting in place arrangements to be as fair as possible and to ensure that as many staff as possible can be part of the celebration. To that end:

  • We have asked all nominated teams to select a maximum of two people to represent them physically at the event itself;
  • We will be live-casting the whole event in a live stream available on our Facebook Page from 7pm on Thursday 4 July;
  • We have sent an email to everyone who has booked a ticket online to let us know if they no longer need it.

​I truly appreciate how difficult it can be for Team Managers to have to decide who should attend. So I am also making a commitment that I will personally come to visit any Team who made the Team of the Year Awards shortlist, but who I have not yet had the chance to visit. I also will be coming to visit the overall winners and highly commended teams for a photocall with your certificates and trophies.

Roll on next week for what promises to be a fantastic occasion!

Awards Success Continues – Nursing Times Awards

From time to time there are examples of nationally leading work done in Combined that hasn’t yet got the public profile it deserves. One fantastic example of this is the work done by our Nurse Prescribers and ADHD Team in CAMHS.

Since the introduction of Independent Nurse Prescribers in all three CAMHS Teams, they have been able to transform the way they deliver care for those under assessment or diagnosed with ADHD.  Prior to nurse prescribers leading on the ADHD pathway, children and their families could wait up to 18 months to 2 years for an assessment. By looking at the way resources were managed, building relationships with GP partners and introducing Effective Shared Care Agreements, they have managed to reduce waiting times to a 0-12 week turnaround and no waiting list.

It’s a fantastic achievement and something of which they are really proud, so it was brilliant to hear that they have been shortlisted in not one, but two, categories in the 2019 Nursing Times Awards. Fingers crossed for the Awards Ceremony in October!

Dragon Square Garden Opens

A few weeks ago, I spent a really enjoyable time visiting the planned new garden at Dragon Square. The garden has undergone a huge transformation, and the Specialist Children’s Short Breaks Service. Last Friday, the team hosted a party to officially open the garden to its users and families.

With stalls, cakes a raffle and even an auction for Alton Towers tickets, it looked like they had a great time, and it was a real coup to be able to welcome Neil Baldwin BEM to open the garden. Neil gave a simply lovely speech at the ceremony, which I wanted to share with you all.