01 July 2014
NHS England chief executive visits Bristol
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens made mental health the
focus of his visit to Bristol to meet patients, carers and
frontline NHS staff.
The visit was part of his commitment to spend his first few months
out and about around the county to find out how the NHS is doing -
and what needs to change.
During his visit to Southmead Mr Stevens saw first-hand some of
the key services being provided by AWP with tours of the STEPs
eating disorders unit and the Place of Safety suite, which opened
At STEPs Iain Tulley introduced Simon to staff including clinical
team leader Angie Jakubowska, consultant Hugh Herzig, ward manager
Cynthia Mhungu, clinical director Tim Williams and Vicky Townsend,
the Trust's first peer mentor for carers. Simon toured the
inpatient and community elements of the unit and was interested to
hear staff views.
At the Place of Safety suite Simon met staff including modern
matron Linda Holbrook and ward manager Rachael Searle-Barnes along
with beat officer Alan Gentry. Simon asked staff about their
individual roles in a service user's admission and was very
interested in the joint working between agencies that is key to the
unit. He also asked lots of questions about the physical
Iain said: "This was a great opportunity for staff to be able to
showcase the excellent work going on in STEPs and the Place of
Safety. It was helpful to be able to describe the challenges of
providing the section 136 service and the importance of liaison
services with acute hospital colleagues was also stressed."
The visit also took in North Bristol Trust's new £430million
800-bed Brunel Building at Southmead, which opened in May and a
primary care surgery nearby.
Clockwise from top left (l to r): Tim Williams, Hugh Herzig
with Simon Stevens; Tim, Angie Jakubowska, Cynthia Mhungu with
Simon; Cynthia and Simon with Vicky Townsend; and Tim, Angie, Simon