Friday, 6 November
Those of you who watched the regional news yesterday will be aware that we had another high profile visitor to Clock View Hospital, with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn spending an hour at our £25 million state of the art facility in Walton.
You will all be aware that Jeremy is not the first high profile visitor to Clock View since it became fully operational earlier this year and I would once again like to thank the staff for the inevitable disruption our presence must have caused.
He was accompanied on the visit by Luciana Berger MP, the shadow minister for mental health, and Steve Rotheram, his parliamentary aide, and was very impressed with the facilities.
It is great to have people as busy as Jeremy coming to visit us as Clock View so we can show them what a state of the art mental health hospital should look like. He was shown around, spoke to many of the staff at Clock View, and I had a very good conversation about mental health in general.
We have had our fair share of visitors to Clock View this year, but what is particularly important is that people who have influence are now coming to see what is possible, who can help with the battle to ensure mental health is given equal prominence to other aspects of the NHS.
As you are aware, 192 members of the Prison Officers’ Association (The Professional Trade Union for Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers) have voted for strike action following the dismissal of two of their members earlier this year. This is due to take place on 13th November.
We are obviously disappointed at this action and plans are being put in place to ensure effective continuation of services and ensure the minimum disruption to the patient experience. We remain committed to maintaining high standards of staff and patient safety and if you have any questions regarding the impact of the industrial action on our services, please contact your line manager for further information.
Congratulations to all those involved in winning a gold award in the internal communications campaign category at the CIPR Pride awards in Manchester last night. The award was for the effective communication of our flu jab campaign last year, which you may recall resulted in a 32.1% improvement on the previous year’s performance.
Getting inoculated remains as important as ever to prevent the virus spreading to friends, families and colleagues and ensures we have the minimum of disruption during the winter months. It would be great if we could beat the 74.1% participation of staff from last year – look out for details of your local flu clinics.
Towards the end of this month the trust headquarters will transfer from Princes Dock to the V7 building. This is part of our cost-cutting programme and our estates strategy. It should make us more efficient as a trust with all the executives in the same building, although those of you who work at V7 may experience a little disruption with building work until the move is complete.
Walton library is also taking shape. Designs have been submitted by potential contractors and this process is ongoing and I hope to be able to tell you more about it next week.
Quite apart from Jeremy Corbyn’s visit to Clock View, Mersey Care were also featured elsewhere in the media this week with Talk Liverpool featuring on the BBC Radio Merseyside breakfast show on Wednesday to talk about stress and the courses they provide to mark National Stress Awareness Day.
We also had a service user appear on BBC North West Tonight to talk about the work of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre and his recovery over the last five years. I believe our new Brain Injury facilities are possibly the only of their type in the country with the proximity between the neuro-science department and the cognitive rehabilitation on different floors, rather than having to travel to different buildings or sites. I am very pleased with the work we do in this area, so I was delighted to learn the BBC were highlighting it this week.