Having just returned from holiday on Wednesday it’s been a short but action-packed week for me.
My first day back was straight into my first formal Trust board meeting - you can read my Chief Executive’s report and the board papers on the Trust website.
A significant discussion focused on how we take forward a refresh of the Trust’s business strategy, our identity, our services and the part we play in the wider health and social care system.
We’ve got some Board time-out planned in November to work on this further and there will be opportunities for staff to be involved over the next few months.
It was also good to see our new Chair Evelyn Asante-Mensah attend the board meeting in preparation for commencing in post from 1 November.
I also attended a thank you and farewell lunch for current Chair John Schofield. I would like to thank John for his support in welcoming me to Pennine Care, for his immeasurable contributions over the last 10 years and wish him well for the future.
On Thursday I chaired a meeting called the Quality Improvement Board, which has all of our executive team members and senior partners round the table to shape our strategy in response to the CQC inspection, recognising that many of the recommendations we need to make require collaboration. Two of the big discussion points were on mixed sex accommodation and safer staffing on our inpatient wards.
I am spending today (Friday) out visiting frontline services and the local management team for the Oldham locality. I’ll talk more about this in my update next week.
I hope you find these short updates a useful way of keeping up with Trust priorities and progress, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on more plans over the coming months as they develop.