Launching our ROSE electronic patient record

Hi all

It’s been a busy week with a real focus on what the Staffordshire health and care system can do to support the financial challenges that are mainly in University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) and Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust (SSOTP). Part of the solution from our perspective is a North Staffordshire and Stoke multispeciality community provider (MCP). I am really pleased with the progress we are making - our third Alliance Board meeting is this week. We have a really exciting vision to improve the way we support our local communities through integrating with primary care, social care and voluntary sector. We are piloting approaches at the moment in Leek and Meir and plan to scale this up later this year. Our next Leadership Academy meeting on 7 June will be focusing on how we need to change the way we manage our services to align with integrated team working.

Leadership Academy

I was delighted to kick off the latest meeting of our Leadership Academy.  The topic this time was Medicines Optimisation and was led by our Chief Pharmacist, Louise Jackson who explained our approach to making the very best use of medicines is more than simple medicines management, it’s about all of working together as a whole team working to deliver outcomes.

ROSE goes live this week!

After many months of hard work, the final countdown to our ROSE go-live day is underway as we make final preparations for launch day on 13 May. Well over 90% of our staff have completed their e-learning and face-to-face training and any remaining staff are being asked to ensure they are prepared for this exciting new chapter in the Trust's journey towards becoming a national exemplar in the use of digital technology in the NHS. Super Users and ROSE floor-walkers will be on hand across the Trust both this weekend and the next few weeks to provide support when and where it is needed. Thank you to all of these staff who have gone above and beyond to ensure our transition to ROSE goes as smoothly as possible.

I have this week had my performance development review (PDR) with the Chairman. It was really positive to think back about all we have achieved during 2015/16 which could only have been achieved through our fantastic, highly committed staff. We are now in a real position of strength going forward and can be proud of the services we deliver. Our PDR is also an opportunity to think about what we may have done better and what support we may need. One of my priorities in 2017/18 is to prioritise my time on the areas that will have the highest impact and value. I need the support of the Executive team and Board, our partners across the health economy and, most importantly our staff to deliver our objectives for the year ahead. 

The first 13 teams taking part in our new Towards Outstanding Engagement programme

A couple of weeks ago I announced that we had launched our new Towards Outstanding Engagement programme which seeks to improve staff engagement and culture. The first 13 pioneering teams who will be undertaking their six-month journeys in June have now been unveiled: 

  • County Older Peoples’ Community Mental Health Team and County Memory Service
  • Three adult community teams
  • Four CAMHS community teams
  • Community Learning Disability Health Team
  • Ward 6
  • Pharmacy
  • Finance and Performance
  • HR, OD and Communications

As a reminder, the programme will encompass a wide range of staff engagement tools, including listening events, team building and back to the floor. Staff will be able to highlight issues within their team and make choices about how they can improve or sustain staff engagement. Participants on the programme will reflect both the skill and professional mix within that team. I wish each of the teams well on their staff engagement journeys and we will provide an update on their progress in due course.

I was delighted this week to visit our Learning Disability Intensive Support Team (IST) as part of our Director visits to teams. What a great team they are! They were positive and so inspirational sharing the great work they do with really vulnerable people who need intensive support. They were also brimming with ideas of possibilities for future improvements. Thanks so much IST for making me so welcome.

New Beginnings Open Morning and design for the Tony Scott New Beginnings Garden 

Congratulations to Margaret Harry, the winner this week of the draw to choose the design for the Tony Scott New Beginnings Garden on the Harplands site. We livestreamed the competition draw via our Facebook Page, with the winner being picked out of the hat by Jenny Harvey, our Chair of Staff Side. You can watch the livestream here.

Tony was a founder member of the independent New Beginnings group, who work with our Substance Misuse services to support people experiencing drug and/or alcohol addiction. Tony sadly passed away in December and was a source of inspiration and support to many. I met Tony several times and was always impressed by his commitment and humanity.

New Beginnings held their latest Open Morning at the Edward Myers Unit on Thursday, which was opened by our Chairman David Rogers. The group celebrated Tony’s life with a rendition of “Delilah2, the anthem of Tony’s beloved Stoke City FC, and unveiled the sign that will go at the entrance to the new garden. If you recall, we secured £12,000 through the Tesco Bags of Help charitable scheme to develop the garden. Work is ongoing in the garden thanks to Growthpoint and we look forward to it being completed soon.

Celebrating and nurturing nursing excellence conference being held on Friday

Following the success of last year’s Nursing at its Best @ Combined conference, we will be marking International Nurses Day on Friday with another Trust event – Celebrating & Nurturing Nursing Excellence. This year’s nursing conference takes place at Port Vale FC in Stoke-on-Trent and will once again feature a range of presentations and workshops. The keynote speech will be delivered by award-winning mental health nurse Julie Sheen, while other presentations will be given by dementia care campaigner Tommy Whitelaw, as well as from our Head of Nursing & Professional Practice Julie-Anne Murray. The afternoon will be a ‘supercharge safari’ in which attendees will be able to discover more and discuss with colleagues about a series of themes exploring how we can further nurture nursing excellence. The event will conclude with both our Mentor of the Year and Preceptor of the Year awards being presented.