14 December 2015
Chief Exec's Blog - Iain's last chapter
In his final blog, AWP Chief Executive Iain Tulley bids
us a fond farewell as he reflects on the past three years and
prepares to take on the challenge of a lifetime.
When I joined AWP just over three years ago, we started on a
journey to move the Trust to one that was clinically led, quality
focussed and locally integrated. As I leave to take on a new
assignment to develop a mental health service in the State of
Qatar, I find myself reflecting on our achievements and thinking
about the steps needed to complete the Trust's journey.
I remain deeply committed to the development of mental health
services, and believe that the time is right to make way for
someone who can lead AWP in the next stage of the journey. I feel
very proud to be associated with staff who have been recognized by
the CQC for their care and compassion. My time here has been
challenging, but the vision and support of the board, the courage
and readiness of our clinical leaders and the tolerance and
dedication of our staff, has made my job more achievable.
While there is still work to do to completely meet our intended
aims, I would like to think that as I leave, the strong
foundations I have built can be found in the number of clinical
leaders we now have, to the board's focus on improving quality
and in the solid relationships we enjoy with our CCGs, local
authorities and partners.
It has been a pleasure to work with many of you through the
'back to the floor' initiative, where I gained an insight and was
inspired by the work of so many of our staff. I hope that I
leave at a point where senior managers and frontline staff work
closer than ever before, with a shared purpose and that improvement
to communications up and down the Trust continue.
Whist the NHS is constantly being expected to deliver more with
less, I am proud that our services have improved and will continue
to do so. This has been reflected in the CQC Community Mental
Health Survey that shows AWP has seen improvement in almost all
areas and has scored highest in the country in three specific
The NHS faces the most challenging time in its history, but it
will prevail as a result of the absolute dedication and vocation of
its staff. I would ask our Board, our leaders and the wider NHS
Lead with compassion - this is why most people
joined the NHS and it's what motivates most of our staff.
Lead with courage - there are some difficult
times ahead, let's be open and up front about this and take the
difficult decisions in the interest of the people we serve.
Manage with care - if we do not look after our
staff and engage them on terms that balance work and life, we will
lose their care and compassion, the root to high quality care.
So, thank you for your support and very best wishes in
completing the journey of improvement.
Good wishes for Christmas and 2016.