Today has been my first day as Chief Executive of Pennine Care. I am very pleased to be here and am looking forward to meeting staff and patients over the coming weeks and months. I’ve already had a walk round today to start to meet with people.
I’ve also filmed a short welcome message, which you can view on the Trust website.
I have over 20 years’ experience in the NHS, working a variety of roles across different settings. For the last four years, I have been Chief Executive at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which has many similarities to Pennine Care, as a provider of both community and mental health services across multiple boroughs.
Community and mental health care is a particular passion, which was of course one of the major attractions of the role. Pennine Care offers something unique as a provider in Greater Manchester and we need to make sure we use this to benefit our patients and the wider health and social care system. This will continue to be a key part of our approach and strategy moving forward, ensuring we protect and maintain our services.
I know Pennine Care has fairly recently reviewed its Strategic Plan, but I want to spend some time looking over our strategy and providing a clear simple story about our future direction. It’s really important that people understand who we are, what we are about and how they contribute.
In keeping with this, I am a firm believer that if we properly look after staff, we will in turn provide the best possible care to patients. So I am really looking forward to working with you to make Pennine Care a great place to work and a place you can be proud of. I know lots of good work is already happening in relation to this, but it is something that I will be taking a personal interest in.
I will also be spending some time getting to know our partners and external key stakeholders to build good relationships. This includes stakeholders within each of the six towns we serve, as well as at a Greater Manchester level.
I’ve already got quite a lot of meetings and events arranged and will be coming out to meet with staff on the frontline over the coming weeks and months. I’ll be sending out regular updates but would really like to hear your thoughts and ideas too.
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