Staff News and Blogs



CWP is made up of more than 4,000 dedicated staff, volunteers, involvement reps and governors.


Read about their achievements and find out what they have to say in our Staff News and Blogs section...


  • Staff News

    CWP gardener shortlisted for volunteer award

    A hospital gardener has been recognised for his fantastic work in maintaining grounds at the Countess of Chester Health Park.

    Jodie wins 'Apprentice of the Year'

    CWP Contracts Project Officer Jodie Breen has been named ‘Apprentice of the Year’ by a local college.

    Trainee Nursing Associates impress Health Education England

    Senior NHS leaders have been impressed by nursing associates from across Cheshire and Wirral.

    Kenny Henderson wins Urology Nurse of the Year

    Kenny Henderson, Community Urology Lead Nurse at Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) has been awarded the British Journal of Nursing Award for Urology Nurse of the Year 2017 at Shakespeare’s Underglobe theatre in London.

    CWP No. 1 for staff satisfaction

    CWP has topped a staff satisfaction table following the results of a national survey.

    The Trust was ranked at the top of a league table for all mental health, learning disability and community Trusts based on feedback from staff who took part in the 2016 NHS Staff Survey...

    CWP doctor publishes book for mental health professionals

    Professor Vimal Sharma has been recognised at a national conference for his newly published book for mental health professionals...

    Nurse wins ‘Inspirational Leader’ award

    A CWP nurse has been named ‘Inspirational Leader’ at a regional awards ceremony highlighting positive NHS practice across the North West...

    Wyn retires after 40 years’ NHS service

    A former CWP nurse has retired after 40 years working in NHS services across Cheshire.

    Wyn Jones, from Wrexham, has called time on a memorable career which saw him develop from Student Nurse and go on to lead the region’s first mental health Criminal Justice Liaison Team...

    CWP celebrates over 3000 years of staff service

    A recent celebration event held by local mental health trust CWP has recognised some of its longest serving staff, who have together achieved an astonishing 3004 years of service in the NHS...

    CWP scoops Gold Award for its engaging magazine

    Locally produced magazine, CWP Life, was awarded Gold for ‘Best Publication’ by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) at the North West PRide Awards Ceremony (3 November 2016)...

    Local doctor appointed autism champion for England

    Dr Ian Davidson has been appointed to the role of Autism Champion by The Royal College of Psychiatrists to support the national ‘Think Autism’ programme...

    Award winning NHS team scoops fourth award in a row

    Local services for child and adolescent mental health have been again recognised for their positive practice in mental health at a national ceremony, making it four years in a row...

    Mindfulness sessions improve staff wellbeing

    Staff at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) are benefitting from a new ‘Mindfulness’ programme...

    Staff enjoy Health and Wellbeing events

    More than 100 CWP staff have enjoyed a series of Health and Wellbeing events hosted by the Trust’s Occupational Health (OH) department...




  • Staff Blogs

    Guest Blog - Mike Maier - Chairman

    Being the Chairman of CWP invariably involves many formal meetings within CWP, as well as with other health sector organisations throughout Cheshire and Merseyside. This side of the role is essential as we, alongside our partners, strive for a more integrated approach to healthcare provision.  

    Nursing Associates Blog - August 2017 - Tom Owens

    Hello, my name is Tom Owens and I’m currently training to become a nursing associate at CWP.

    Prior to starting the course I worked as a clinical support worker on Saddlebridge Recovery Centre in East Cheshire. 

    Guest Blog - Faouzi Alam - Caldicott Guardian

    Hello, my name is Faouzi Alam and, as well as being a Medical Director here at CWP, I am also the Trust’s Caldicott Guardian. I also sit on the UK Caldicott Guardian Council (UKCGC) which oversees the Caldicott function nationally.

    Nursing Associates Blog - July 2017 - Julie Houghton

    Hello my name is Julie Houghton and I am a trainee nursing associate at CWP.

    I was working as a health care assistant at Broxton Community Care Team when I heard about the trainee nursing associate programme. I spoke to my manager and the whole team encouraged me and supported me throughout the application process.

    Sheena's blog - In the right direction

    It’s amazing to think that we’re already over half way through 2017. With time moving so quickly, the days and weeks can often pass us by without us noticing. And indeed if we’re not careful, it’s sometimes easy to forget to take stock of what we’ve done and why.

    Nursing Associates Blog - June 2017 - Abigail Frost

    I had been a clinical support worker on CWP’s older people’s acute ward in Macclesfield for just over two years when I decided I wanted to become a nursing associate.

    Guest Blog - supporting our armed forces

    For those of you who don’t know me I am CWP service director for Central and East Cheshire.

    I have worked for CWP (and in its previous organisational forms) since 1994, starting at the Wirral Drugs Service at St Catherine’s Health Centre in Birkenhead.

    Nursing Associates Blog - May 2017 - Andy Jolley

    In my 14 years working at CWP I have met some inspirational staff and service users who have made me want to deliver the best care possible.

    Nursing Associates Blog - April 2017 - Allison Reed

    Hello, my name is Allison Reed.

    I am one of the Trainee Nursing Associates (TNAs) for Central and East at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

    Sheena's blog - In the face of adversity

    This is my first blog since the terrible atrocity that happened in Manchester, and of course the equally appalling incident in London over the weekend.

    Chris Lynch: A week in the Life, Service User Governor

    Up early and it’s off to the supermarket!

    I’m a trustee of Chester PLUS, an independent mental health charity in Chester. It’s led and run entirely by people with lived experience all on a voluntary basis.

    Guest blog - Life in all its fullness

    On Friday 19 May 2017 Jim and I were special guests at the opening of the new Ahumza Mental Health Centre at Kisiizi Hospital in Uganda.

    Sheena’s blog - Mental Health Awareness Week

    This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme of this year's initiative is "Surviving or thriving?", and is encouraging us all to think about mental health a bit differently.

    Sheena's Blog: connecting with staff

    For some years now we have adopted the NHS 6Cs as our Trust values. And you may have read my recent blog about the launch of our person centred framework...

    Sheena's blog: NHS Five Year Forward View Next steps

    Last week you may have read that NHS England published its Nest Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View - a detailed action plan outlining how nationally NHS care can be fit for the future.

    Nursing Associates Blog - Mar 2017 - Kerry Roberts

    I had already worked for CWP for two years in the Primary Care Mental Health Administration and Clerical Team when I decided to apply for a role as a trainee nursing associate...

    Sheena's blog - being person centred

    This week we have been introducing our new Person Centred Framework to colleagues across CWP.

    Each day, members of our executive and non-executive team - alongside staff from Communications and Engagement and Patient and Carer Experience - have been visiting services throughout our footprint to share ideas around person centredness...

    Nursing Associates Blog - Feb 2017 - Amy Leigh

    In December last year I received the most exciting news of my career: from 30th January 2017 I would be starting in my new role as a CWP nursing associate!..

    Blog: My Time to Talk Day 2017 Adventures

    As described on the Time to Change website: “Conversations about mental health change lives. At the moment, too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless by other people’s reactions...

    Sheena's blog - a new year

    This is my first blog of 2017, so I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy new year...



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