Sheena's Blog: Moving into autumn

by Sheena Cumiskey - 16 October 2015

In my last blog I was about to go to CWP’s Best Practice event and my anticipation was correct in that it was the event that I thought and hoped it would be. Indeed, it far surpassed my expectations, which were already really high. The enthusiasm and overwhelming sense of pride from everyone in the room was absolutely palpable. Each of the many stands provided by our staff spoke of the superb and innovative work that goes on in our Trust across the whole of our services. I’d like to thank each and every one of you who were either there on the day or supported these outstanding achievements. The event was also the opportunity to launch our Big Book of Best Practice for 2015/16 and if you haven’t had a chance to look at it, either in its hard copy or on our intranet site, it is definitely worth a read. It’s also a great way to share the excellent work going on in our Trust with our staff and also, just as importantly, with people who access our services and as well as commissioners. So please take the opportunity to share this with people.

The Best Practice event was followed by our Annual Members Meeting with over 120 people present to hear a report about the work of the Trust in the previous year and a look forward to our further developments coming up this year. The afternoon finished on a great high with our annual ‘Going the Extra Mile’ awards, which provided a fantastic opportunity for us to celebrate and to thank staff, volunteers and involvement reps for the excellent contribution they make to the work of CWP in helping to improve people’s lives.

As we move into autumn, we are now beginning to feel the more chilled mornings and this is a time when our thoughts often turn to harvest festivals. The way that I like to think about this is in a much wider sense; to reflect on the fruits of our labours and to celebrate all that we’re able to do to make a difference to people, and to bear fruit through others in enabling them, in whatever way is right for them, to be the best they can be. I think it’s also a time when we can think about all our contributions to this and the fact that it is all about team work. It’s about the patients; sowing our seeds in supporting and caring for people and then taking that through to whatever is the ‘harvest’ for them, and to celebrate that with them and at times to share compassionately with them when things aren’t always what they would have wished for.

So let’s just take a moment, all of us, to think about this and to think about how we celebrate our work in the sense of the fruits of our labours and how we prepare the ground for our future work so that we can continue to play our part in whatever way it is, in either directly supporting people to be the best they can be or supporting those that do that for people.

Time to sign off now as I’m going to do some further work in thinking about how we work in collaboration with our partners in Clinical Commissioning Groups to plan our work ahead.

Very best wishes and take care, Sheena.


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