This week, we are gearing up for our Annual General Meeting (AGM), which takes place on Thursday. This will be my first one here with the Trust and I’m excited to welcome everyone to the event.
It’s also the final week for staff to enter the Graduate Management Training Scheme, so if you’re considering applying to develop your career, there’s no time like the present.
Annual General Meeting
The 2019 North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday 26 September at Harplands Hospital.
From 3pm, the corridor leading to the gymnasium will be filled with stalls from a wide variety of Combined Healthcare teams, keen to meet guests and talk to them about their team, showcase the work they do and some of the latest projects they’ve been busy working on.
At 4pm, the proceedings of the AGM will begin in the gym, where myself, David Rogers and members of the Executive Team will present the contents of our Annual Report, Quality Strategy and our Financial Statements.
This time, for the first time as part of our commitment to openness and inclusion, to help anyone who is interested in the proceedings but can’t physically make it to the event, the entire AGM will be broadcast live via our Facebook page, so if you can’t make it, be sure to watch live here: https://www.facebook.com/NorthStaffsCombined.
The filmed broadcast will then be made available permanently on our Board page on the website and on our YouTube channel if you aren’t able to tune in live. Anyone is welcome to attend the AGM and give their comments or suggestions to the Board or ask a question.
Printed copies of this year’s Annual Report and Quality Account will be made available at the AGM, but if you wish to download a copy of either of these documents in advance, you can do so by clicking here.
REACH Souvenir Brochure
As well as providing hard copies of the Annual Report and Quality Account for attendees of the AGM to take away, we will also have the first copies of the staff REACH Awards 2019 Souvenir Brochures available to take away.
The REACH Awards took place in July, and although the summer months have flown by since then, this doesn’t mean we have stopped celebrating everyone’s success.
The brochure gives us a great opportunity to look back and recognise individual and team achievements from the ceremony – what better way to round off the summer?!
The brochures will be delivered to each winning team, and digital versions are available here.
NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme
With the deadline to apply this Friday, anyone interested in applying for the Graduate Management Training Scheme has just one week left.
Here at Combined Healthcare, we actively encourage and support employees to consider joining the scheme to develop their career opportunities and open up new avenues for progressing their talent and skills.
To be eligible for the scheme, you will need at least a 2:2 degree in any subject (some degree equivalents are also acceptable). You will need to confirm with your line manager that, in principle, they are happy to support your application.
A graduate of the scheme Jonathan O’Brien, our Director of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive, tells us about his experience of the scheme below.
Click here to find out more: www.nhsgraduates.co.uk
Refreshing the Long Term Strategy
Myself and our Director of Operations, Jonathan O’Brien, are overseeing the Mental Health aspects of the system’s long term strategy refresh exercise.
The NHS long term plan includes a lot of detail around how the Mental Health growth funding over coming years will deliver improvements across a range of Staffordshire’s Mental Health services. Of course, this funding and service growth will only be possible if we can train and retain a large number of additional staff.
To support this, our relationships with local training establishments is key. My visit on Friday to Keele University reminded me of the fantastic training facilities that we have on our doorstep and the opportunity that we have to do so much more to develop and retain local talent.