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Chief Executive Blog9th August 2022
Hello everyone, and welcome to my latest blog. What a way to start the week - with the news that we have been shortlisted for no fewer than SIX HSJ awards! Yes SIX! And that is in addition to the eight HSJ Patient Safety awards and seven Nursing Times shortlistings announced a few weeks ago. I have also heard today that we have been shortlisted for a Patient Experience National Award, and a National Service User Award – that is amazing.
Chief Executive Blog2nd August 2022
Hello everyone, last week it was time for our bi-monthly Board meeting and I was struck once again by the huge amount of incredibly positive improvement happening across the Trust. Our progress is something I want us all to be especially proud of as it comes during one of the most challenging times we’ve seen as an NHS.
Chief Executive Blog25th July 2022
Hello everyone.Can you believe the change in the weather over the last week, not quite four seasons in one day but almost! Thank you to you all for supporting our service users and each other through the heatwave and keeping everyone safe during particularly uncomfortable temperatures to work in.
Chief Executive Blog18th July 2022
Hello everyone, welcome to this week’s blog, on this incredibly warm summers day! I know in Britain we like to complain about the weather but the temperatures at the moment are a lot higher than we’re generally used to so please stay safe - make sure you’re all staying hydrated and encourage your patients, to drink water regularly.
Chief Executive Blog12th July 2022
Hello everyone, welcome to my latest blog. Hasn’t the sunshine been lovely? It’s great that we are enjoying a spell of better weather, but please, be careful and enjoy it safely.
Chief Executive Blog4th July 2022
Hello everyone! Welcome to my latest blog, and once again, there is much to tell you about. I’m delighted that once again, I can start with some excellent news about more awards won by our Trust. A couple of weeks ago, we had 13 finalists in the North West Health and Social Care Apprentice Awards. From those, Assistant Practitioner Apprentice Rachel Carruthers won the Rising Star award AND Apprentice of the Year. Immense congratulations to Rachel, well done! Congratulations also to Trainee…
Chief Executive Blog27th June 2022
Hello everyone and welcome to my latest blog! I am pleased to tell you about some really good developments from last week. Firstly, I can now confirm that I have been appointed as a member of the newly established Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB). Like all new ICB Board members, I had to complete an application and interview process for this place on the Board to represent the interests of mental health care service users as well as providers.
Chief Executive Blog20th June 2022
Hello, and welcome to my latest blog (following a short break while I was on holiday). I’ve got fantastic news…I am truly delighted that LSCft have been shortlisted in no less than eight categories in this year’s HSJ Patient Safety Awards. This is incredible to hear and is testament to the hard work and determination of many people in the LSCft family.
Chief Executive Blog31st May 2022
Hello everyone, welcome to my blog. I’ve a lot to tell you about. Last week, the Trust was focused on ‘Break the Cycle’ – an initiative where all services worked together to ‘reset’ our position in advance on the forthcoming, long bank holiday. The results of this effort have been very positive. By mid-week we’d seen more discharges leading to a 26% reduction in admission waiting times; 56% reduction in A&E breaches; and a 51% reduction in s136 breaches. Importantly, we’d also successfully…
Chief Executive Blog13th May 2022
Hello everyone and welcome to my blog this week. And, what a week it’s been! It began for me with the opportunity to meet with Richard Meddings CBE, Chair of NHS England who was in Lancashire and South Cumbria on a visit arranged by the ICS. It was good to be part of the delegation and get the opportunity to talk to Richard about our journey, the ongoing improvements and the continuing rise in demand for our services.
Chief Executive Blog4th May 2022
Every month we host an ‘Engage’ event where around 200 of our leaders from across the Trust come together to share good practise and key messages. Last week our event focused on health inequalities. Sadly, some of our communities experience significant inequalities leading to less access to services, reduced healthy life-expectancy, poorer clinical outcomes and face greater health risks. Many factors can affect health inequality including levels of deprivation, housing, education, or employment…