12 September 2013
Foundation for future development
Five strategic priorities for the Trust were set out at its AGM,
which looked back at the 2012/13 financial year and signposted its
ambitions for the future.
These were described by Chief Executive Iain Tulley as "to
deliver the best care, to support and develop our staff, to
continually improve what we do, to use our resources wisely and to
be future focused."
And the purpose of the Trust he said was to "provide the highest
quality mental healthcare that promotes recovery and hope."
Introducing the AGM and reviewing the last financial year, chair
Tony Gallagher highlighted the significant changes that been made
in the Trust in establishing a new leadership team, ensuring
service users and carers were at the centre of what we did,
decentralising control by bringing decision making closer to the
front line, strengthening clinical leadership and making the Trust
more open and transparent.
He thanked all those who had worked so hard to change the Trust
over the past 12 -18 months. While there was still much to do, he
concluded by saying: "We have a strong Board that is leading the
Trust in the right direction, an able executive team with the
ability to implement the changes being agreed and committed,
capable and well trained staff delivering support to service
Medical Director Hayley Richards outlined how changes the Trust
had made over the past year in strengthening quality were reflected
or were in line with the recommendations of the recent
national Francis, Berwick and Keogh reports. She outlined
how this was reflected in the way the Trust was listening, learning
and monitoring through better engagement and involvement with
service users and staff, the role of the new quality academy and
the value of the Trust's new information for quality IQ
Director of Finance Paul Miller reviewed the sound performance of
the last year, highlighting where the Trust gained its income and
how the money was spent.
Chief Executive Iain Tulley acknowledged that the impact on staff
of the major redesign of services completed in the last financial
year had been tough and he thanked staff for their significant
contribution to the work of the Trust and to supporting service
users. Public sector developments, increased tendering and the
need to ensure services matched local commissioning requirements
meant that it was essential that everyone in our Trust worked
together to meet the challenges of the changing market place.
He said that our Trust's future strategy was now clearly set out
with a purpose that clearly says what our Trust is here to do, a
set of values which guide the way we do things, a vision of where
we want to be in five years and a clear set of strategic priorities
which reflected what we care about and which provided the focus for
our time and energy and resource.
Click here for the presentation slides from the
AGM, held on 11 September, and here for our Trust's annual
report and full financial