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A night of awards success!  by Caroline Donovan CEO @CombinedNHS

A night of awards success! by Caroline Donovan CEO @CombinedNHS

A night of awards success! I was really sad to start the week attending Justin Griffiths’ funeral. I felt enormously privileged to deliver the eulogy on behalf of Combined Healthcare and was so proud of our staff for the compassion and support they have shown. The turnout and support for Nicky and her family was overwhelming. It really […]

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In Mind: Chief Executive’s blog 30 June 2017 – @Mersey_Care @JR_MerseyCare

Friday 30 June 2017 “Success is no accident,” said the great footballer Pelé, “It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing.” Specialist LD, addictions, secure…where Mersey Care’s recent Care Quality Commission inspection showed some of the very best examples of that perseverance and love of what we […]

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Finding the right care in a crisis by Dr Derek Tracy (courtesy of @MentalElf)

Crisis Resolution Teams (CRTs, also known as Home Treatment Teams, although they’re not quite the same thing) are ubiquitous, and since the 2000 NHS Plan, mandated in the UK. Wherever you live, there’s a dedicated team covering your area, but there ends the certainty. Whilst the Royal College of Psychiatrists runs a Home Treatment accreditation scheme (HTAS), […]

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Getting it Right: Chief Executive’s Blog @JR_MerseyCare

Smoke Free Review I’d like to start this week’s blog by discussing our decision to become a smoke free Trust, which brought us in line with National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines. The biggest stage of that process took place in August when Local Services followed the other divisions and introduced new rules so […]

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CEO Blog by Caroline Donovan @NSCHT1

Hi all Well what a week in politics! The appointment of a new Prime Minister brings new priorities. The reappointment of Jeremy Hunt will bring consistency, but what is clear is that the financial challenges across the NHS are significant. A recently published report by the King’s Fund showed that NHS providers and commissioners ended 2015/16 with a combined […]

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Chief Executive Update: Time to Focus – @ JR_Merseycare

Working Together On Thursday millions of people from across the United Kingdom voted in the referendum, and a majority expressed a desire that Britain’s future is to be outside the European Union. The outcome of this referendum has been determined by the people of this country. It is now the responsibility of the Government, with the […]

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Sheffield Reading Project – by Richard Bulmer @SHSCFT

Over the last 5 years Sheffield’s in-patient wards have become places of literature and books for at least one hour every week. In 2011 The Reader delivered a training session to 8 staff and volunteers some of whom were service users to equip us to run reading groups. The training was funded by the Trust […]

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Sailing stormy seas – together! @LovelyClaireyA @NTWNHS

  I have been called many things in my nursing career, some good and some not so good but the queen of partnership working is one I like! In my role I predominantly work with and I am proud to call Northumbria Police my colleagues. Because that is what they are, alongside my AMHP, acute […]

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Lessons in survival – the beginning @NickyHay4blog

I responded to Hearing Voices Research request for blog articles, initially thinking of writing about my second-hand experiences of voice-hearing and psychosis (a concept defined in the dictionary, when you can get away from ‘mental disorder’ terminology, as “broadly speaking, loss of contact with reality”. This definition begs the questions, of course, “what is reality?” […]

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Raising Our Service Excellence by Caroline Donovan, CEO @NSCHT1

Hi all I was really pleased to start the week chairing our Digital by Choice programme board. As I have shared with you before, we have been developing business cases for some weeks now for our new electronic patient record (EPR). The Department of Health requires us to submit three business cases and because we […]

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Brave Guys Speak Out For Change by @NickyHay4Blog

I have had many pleasant surprises in the last year or so which make me feel that, at last, a sea change in consciousness really is afoot.  Most recently, I felt particularly inspired by the courage of a number of men at an event run by our local mental health trust. After a morning of […]

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