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Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust

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Hello and welcome

I am delighted to welcome you to my new blog which will be updated on a regular basis. I want this to be a two way communication process so I welcome any thoughts and feedback that you may have regarding my entries.

This will be a great opportunity for me to be sharing news and details of what I have been doing across the Trust with you all and I do hope you enjoy reading them.

CEO Blog 21st July 2014: Look to the sky

Posted by Michele Moran
Earlier this month we welcomed Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nursing to our Park House inpatient unit. Dr Carter toured some of our adult acute as well as our Later Life wards. He also took time out to plant a tree in the incredible sensory garden we have just opened between Maple and Cedar Wards. It was fantastic for staff to exchange views with such an experienced and... [More]

CEO blog 7th July 2014 - Lost Horizons?

Posted by Michele Moran
Horizon scanning is something we have to do a lot in the NHS and never more so when formulating our strategic plans for the next five years. However, it’s becoming more and more difficult to assess with any certainty what the wider landscape and regional health economies will look like over that timescale – nor to accurately predict the growth in demand for certain services to meet loc... [More]

CEO blog 23rd June 2014 - Summer sun helps everyone shine!

Posted by Michele Moran
There is something about the summer sunshine that has a magical effect on us all. It’s far easier to smile and pass the time of day with someone when we’re not hiding under an umbrella; it’s great to chat to neighbours as the daylight hours are stretched, and the time that we have free can feel like a real holiday, giving us an opportunity to recharge our batteries. It also see... [More]

CEO blog 9th June 2014 - Striking a balance

Posted by Michele Moran
Last month, Health and Care Minister Norman Lamb spoke about the need for the introduction of waiting time standards for mental health care. [More]

CEO blog - 23rd May 2014: Embracing Change

Posted by Michele Moran
We’re very excited here at the Trust to be signing up to the national evidence-based Listening Into Action framework. Designed to help NHS organisations empower frontline staff and ‘invert the pyramid’, this is an approach which has already delivered radical change to more than 30 NHS organisations nationwide. [More]

CEO blog - 12th May 2014: A new way of thinking...

Posted by Michele Moran
I recently circulated Simon Stevens’ first speech to colleagues as he took over from Sir David Nicholson as Chief Executive of NHS England on 1st April. His recommendation that NHS organisations should ‘Think like a patient, act like a tax payer’, already widely quoted in the media, provides an interesting insight on his vision for the future and may indicate a pragmatic and prac... [More]

CEO blog - 28th April 2014: Learning from the best

Posted by Michele Moran
On Friday I had lunch with some more of our unsung heroes.  Every six months, we bring together our Employee of the Month award-winners,  together with their fellow nominees to say thank you – and to reflect on the fabulous work that they do without fail every day. It’s always a great session for me and I inevitably come away heartened (and sometimes humbled) by their co... [More]

CEO blog - 14th April 2014: Wraparound care

Posted by Michele Moran
The concept of wraparound care which places the individual at the heart of services and ‘wraps’ a bespoke package of care around him/her is not new. Many of us only came into the health service in the first place because we believed in the right of the individual to receive the right care in the right place at the right time. What’s different today is that the ‘right place&... [More]

CEO blog - 31st March 2014: Keeping the faith

Posted by Michele Moran
Last Friday we held a workshop for Trust staff to help us define the way we want to do things around here.  As ever, I was really motivated by the passion and enthusiasm of our staff – not just those who were present on the day, but the many more who have taken the time and trouble to put forward their own observations and suggestions over the last few weeks. I love the fact that staff ... [More]

CEO Blog - 17th March 2014: United we stand...?

Posted by Michele Moran
It’s my first day back in the Trust today after a week’s annual leave. I spent the week up in Scotland where there’s much talk of independence and possible secession from the rest of the UK.   It seems to me that opinion is still very divided, with passions running high on both sides. There’s a great deal of emotion around historic behaviours and entrenched positions,... [More]