Sheena's Blog: Happy New Year from CWP

10 January 2019

I would first of all like to begin by wishing all of our service users, members of staff and volunteers a very happy new year. On behalf of the Trust, I hope that 2019 is peaceful and fulfilling for you all.

The start of a new year is a time for reflection and the past year saw a number of high points for #TeamCWP, as well as some challenges that we had to meet. At the beginning of the year, it was a real pleasure to launch our brand new Starting Well Service in Cheshire West and Chester. This service provides vital health and wellbeing to young people aged between 0-19 and has continued to grow and go from strength to strength in the past year.

Another great highlight was our performance in the annual Community Mental Health Survey, where we were recognised as a top performer nationally. This welcome news was a precursor to the achievement of the year for CWP, when in December we were rated as ‘Outstanding’ for care by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

It really was tremendously pleasing to gain this recognition for the quality of our care. At CWP we take great pride in our efforts to provide the most compassionate person-centred care possible to those who access our services. It was also a fitting tribute to the hard work of #TeamCWP in our collective endeavours every day. My colleagues make me hugely proud to work for this organisation and I am very much looking forward to 2019.

Looking ahead, there are a number exciting and significant developments to look forward to at the Trust in the coming year.

Firstly, we are looking forward to further embedding our Quality Improvement Strategy into our work, as we look to build on our CQC rating and act on the recommendations they made in their report. This will help to further improve our already-outstanding care. 

Our Quality Improvement Strategy involves building on our culture at CWP and further empowering front line staff, to enable them to take their part in further developing the quality of service provision. It builds on our excellent Zero Harm Strategy that we implemented over the past four years. 

The new Strategy is available to view here and I am looking forward to enjoying the benefits of it over the coming year.

As well as this, the NHS, nationally, has published its Long Term Plan. This important document pledges, among other guarantees, that investment in primary, community and mental healthcare will grow faster than the growing overall NHS budget over the coming years. This is, of course, hugely welcome news.

Among the many opportunities that the long term plan affords us, it also provides us with the opportunity to continue our great working with valued partners and stakeholders across our footprint. A joined-up, safe, local healthcare system is vital for the NHS going forward, something that the Long Term Plan alludes to.

We already enjoy positive relationships with our partners and provide a number of services alongside them. Building on this, we are looking forward to working together to further integrate our services. Over the coming months, I am looking forward to sharing some of the excellent projects and initiatives we will be undertaking.

All things considered, there are interesting times ahead at CWP. The coming year promises to provide a number of challenges, just like last year. However, ultimately, I am hopeful it will be another positive year for the Trust. I am also confident we will meet any challenges head-on, as we at #TeamCWP continue our dedication to providing outstanding care.        

All the very best for 2019. 

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