Sheena's Blog: Best Practice Event and World Mental Health Day

16 October 2018

Every year, we at CWP, like to celebrate and share all of the excellent work that takes place at our Trust. One of the ways we do this, is with our annual Big Book of Best Practice.

Published every year, this flagship publication contains all of the very best innovative work that has been taking place at CWP, carried out for the benefit of those who access our services. It is a superb example of our commitment to Quality Improvement and also of shared learning being spread throughout our organisation.

It was with this in mind that the “Big Book” for 2018 was launched at a special event at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall on Thursday 4 October, the same day as our Annual Members Meeting at the same venue. I, along with our executive team, was delighted to attend, and it is one of my favourite events of the year.

As part of the event, we invite all of our staff, who have been selected to be a part of the Big Book, to come along and showcase their work to visiting governors, stakeholders and members of the public. Yet again, we were thrilled with the response from our staff, with a brilliant 40 stalls being established on the day to celebrate some outstanding work.

By far the most rewarding part of the day, for me personally, is getting to speak to our dedicated staff and hearing about the work they are doing all year round. From our services for young people, people with learning disabilities, our physical community services and our specialist adult mental health services, it is always tremendously pleasing to see the real pride that #TeamCWP take in their provision of care. Their dedication to those who access our services is always truly inspirational.

On top of this, it is also pleasing for me to be able to share our accomplishments with those who visit on the day. We were delighted to have Justin Madders, Member of Parliament for Ellesmere Port come along and speak at our event at its launch. Colleagues from local partners including our commissioners and other public service partners, were also in attendance.

I would also like to pay special tribute to Arlo King, one of our Lived Experience Connectors and CWP Governor, who gave a powerful, moving speech to open our event. His words really resonated with people in attendance and on behalf of the Trust I would like to thank Arlo for giving up his time to share his experience with us.

Additionally, I would also like to say a big thank you to all of our staff who submitted to this year’s Big Book of Best practice. Unfortunately, not every submission was included in the Big Book, but I, along with our executive team, continue to be thrilled by how this event, and publication, goes from strength to strength year on year. Once again, competition for inclusion in the Big Book was incredibly close and you can all be proud of your efforts.

Following on from the Best Practice event, an event promoting some of our mental health services, we were delighted to support World Mental Health Day on Wednesday 10 October. Please check out our Twitter feed, @cwpnhs, to find details of some of our activities.

I would also urge to you to take a look at a very special video, organised by our Winsford CAMHS team, especially for World Mental Health Day. Young people who access the service, along with staff, have come together to perform a very special rendition of “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman. An anthem about celebrating everyone’s unique differences, you can find the video on our Trust YouTube channel here.

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