In Mind: Chief Executive Joe Rafferty discusses Just and Learning Culture in his latest update

Just Culture Week

I noted last week that the top item in my blog for 2017 had been talking about our Just and Learning Culture. From Monday, we will have the skills of the world-renowned expert in restorative justice, Professor Sidney Dekker, with us for a week. Sidney wrote the book on Just Culture and was keen to come back to Mersey Care to see how we are doing. 

We need to ensure that in our daily practice, our conduct and our dealings with colleagues is honest, kind and willing to learn. Of course, a Just and Learning Culture is much more detailed than that, but asking yourself if you are those three things is a really good check for starters. Are you helping to shape the culture in your team or ward with your positive attitude or willingness to help?

Next week Professor Dekker will be out in services. We have a packed week of events and opportunity for him to meet governors, service users, partners as well as staff across the Trust.

Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch

I’m also pleased to say that, through our work on Just and Learning Culture, I’ve been invited to become a member of the advisory body for the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB), an independent body funded by the Department of Health that aims to improve safety through effective and independent investigations without apportioning blame or liability.

Over the next couple of months I’ll be writing more about my role with HSIB andthe lessons we can learn from adopting best just and learning practice in the airline and other industries. As a Trust we will continue to push forward by placing patient safety at the top of our priorities which makes our approach more important than ever.

Green for Go

NHS England have just given us their official feedback from their recent audit of High Secure Hospitals.  Ashworth Hospital has an assurance rating: GREEN – SUBSTANTIAL RATING. Their inspector said: “This is a fantastic achievement and shows the sustained assurance at the hospital over recent years. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank your staff formally for their hard work and dedication in maintaining this position and their flexibility in working towards the peer audit process, undertaken for the first time during this audit.”. 

My particular thanks go to Des Johnson’s team for their preparatory work. I always say that success like this doesn’t happen by accident, and I know the efforts that go into audit preparation and the extra work that it entails.

Trish Benntt, Director of Nursing

As I said before Christmas, we wish Ray Walker well as he leaves us next month to move to become the Regional Chief Nurse at Health Education England. Trish Bennett will become our new Director of Nursing and over the weeks ahead she’ll be sharing how she intends to refine our vision for nursing now we are dealing equality with physical and mental health.

MC Magazine

Just a quick reminder that the latest issue of MC Magazine is now available online. It’s got plenty of features including Debbie Rush on anxiety, Zero Suicide Alliance, Children to Adult Mental Health Services (CAHMS) and much more. Hard copies will be distributed to all Mersey Care’s sites in the next couple of weeks.