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 in February.
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 environment.

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 and Cynthia.

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