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 users."
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 system.
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 accounts.

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