It’s been a pretty significant week in terms of progress and developments. I met with the staff side partnership officers on Monday and we had a very honest discussion about their perspectives on what it’s like to work at the Trust and the challenges faced by staff. It was good to hear from them and I am encouraged that we will develop a good working relationship. I consider that our Partnership Officers have a critical role within the organisation and I value hugely their contribution and role that the Joint Negotiating and Consultation Committee plays. To this end, I will be attending a development session with the Joint Negotiating and Consultation Committee (JNCC) members next week and will endeavour to attend future JNCC meetings.
I also met with Lisa Ryder, our Freedom to Speak Up Guardian on Monday. Lisa’s role is about supporting staff to raise and handle issues effectively and helping create a culture of openness where staff are encouraged to speak up, lessons are learnt and care improves as a result. I was very assured by Lisa’s approach to the role and would encourage staff to get in touch with her if they had any concerns they wanted to raise in confidence and didn’t feel able to raise through other routes.
I also spent time meeting with over 60 of our medical consultants as part of their away day this week. It was an opportunity to share some of my emergent thoughts with them and test what we need to do for the future. This particularly included the need to strengthen clinical and professional leadership. In order to build a clinically-led organisation, we need to have visible and strong clinical leaders and the appetite from the consultant body to support this was great. Thanks for inviting me, I enjoyed talking with you!
I mentioned last week that the board would be taking some time out to focus on the Trust’s future strategy. We started the session on Wednesday afternoon and Jon Rouse, Chief Officer of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, joined us to give an overview of the direction for Greater Manchester and explore with us Pennine Care’s future role within the system.
We then spent all of Thursday considering our future direction and organisational development priorities. After a lot of hard work we are really starting to see things come together now. We will need further work to develop and refine things and then we are planning to hold some staff engagement sessions in the New Year to test our thinking out with staff and give you an opportunity to help shape our direction of travel. Watch this space for more detailed information about this important agenda.
I’ll be ending the week today (Friday) by meeting with Theresa Grant, Chief Executive of Trafford Council, to discuss how things are going in Trafford and exchange ideas.
So all in all it’s been a pretty packed week but I can see that things are really starting to take shape now.
Thanks as ever for reading,