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about mental health and learning disability

Centre for Trauma celebrates 10th anniversary Commemorative conference opened by Terry Waite CBE see page 3


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FROM THE BOARD I was absolutely delighted to be able to attend a special ceremony in London recently where it was announced that Nottinghamshire Healthcare has been rated as the 12th best healthcare provider to work for in the UK.

Our ranking in the Healthcare 100 list also placed us as 3rd best in terms of mental health and learning disability organisations and the top such provider in the county. The Healthcare 100 is compiled from results from employee surveys, so it really means a lot that the rating is based on the opinions of the people that work in the Trust. We are really appreciative of all our staff who work so hard. Thank you for what you do. The assessment being carried out by Monitor to determine our suitability for accreditation of equivalent of Foundation Trust status continues. So far, 1,307 pieces of evidence have been provided and as you read this, I and the rest of the Board will have been interviewed by Monitor’s Board and senior representatives from the Department of Health, marking the final stage of assessment. As this edition of the newsletter goes to print, the Government has just published the White Paper ‘Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS’, which outlines proposals for what has been reported as the most radical shake up of the NHS. The future plans will see GPs becoming responsible for managing the way in which NHS money is spent, hospitals encouraged to become independent and patients offered more choice. We will be looking at the implications for the Trust and the services we provide and keep you up to date on any developments as a result.

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This photo was taken in 1963 of a group from Cropwell Bishop youth centre on a charity walk. Three of the youngsters pictured can now be found working in Facilities and Estates at Duncan Macmillan House. Can you spot Peter Musgrove, Malcolm Pepper and Norman Wood? See page 4 for the answer.

Secretary of State visits Trust stand at national conference Nottinghamshire Healthcare joined forces with West London and Mersey Care Mental Health Trusts to exhibit at this year’s NHS Confederation Annual Conference. The three Trusts, which are the only NHS Trusts in the country to provide high secure services, used the exhibition as an opportunity to showcase their work and to dispel some of the myths around the specialist care they deliver. The stand received a great deal of interest from attendees including a very special visit from Andrew Lansley, Secretary of State for Health, who spent some time meeting Alan Yates, Chief Executive Mersey Care, Peter Cubbins, Chief Executive West London, Mike Cooke, Chief Executive Nottinghamshire Healthcare, and Andrew Lansley, Secretary of State for Health

representatives from the three Trusts and discussing the care they provide. Held in Liverpool in June, the three day conference was attended by more than 1,450 delegates who had the opportunity to share experiences through networking, presentations and participating in a range of break out sessions. Delegates were also able to hear from a range of guest speakers including Andrew Lansley, who reiterated his vision for a health service that is truly patientcentred, and Sir David Nicholson, NHS Chief Executive, who emphasised the importance of empowering others and encouraged delegates to remain focused on the purpose of improving the quality of services.

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Improved services launched in Nottingham

Celebrating ten years of the Trauma Centre

l-r Simon Smith, Executive Director Local Services, Ruth Hawkins, Executive Director Finance and Performance, David Murphy, Honorary Psychologist in Psychotherapy, Professor Stephen Joseph, Honorary Consultant Psychologist in Psychotherapy, Terry Waite CBE, Liz Edwards, Centre Administrator/ Coordinator, Kath Dye, General Manager Specialist Services, Professor Clair Chilvers, Chair, Stephen Regel, Principal Psychotherapist and Co-Director of the Centre

The Trust’s Centre for Trauma, Resilience and Growth recently marked its 10th anniversary with a special conference, Psychological Responses to Trauma, Resilience and Growth which featured nationally and internationally renowned trauma experts and was opened by Terry Waite CBE.

psychology and a great way to celebrate the Centre’s anniversary.”

Mr Waite gave an enthralling address before answering questions from the audience, speaking of his personal experience of trauma, of his time spent in captivity and the coping strategies he employed. Commenting on the Centre, he said: “Through the Trust, Nottingham has established itself as a major centre for both research and practice in the field of trauma. Ten years ago I visited to open the Centre and the work has gone from strength to strength since that time.” Other speakers at the event held at the Jubilee Campus of The University of Nottingham included James Pennebaker, Professor of Psychology, University of Texas, USA, Atle Dyregrov, Centre for Crisis Psychology, Bergen, Norway, Gordon Turnbull, Visiting Professor, University of Chester, Stephen Joseph, Professor of Psychology, Health & Social Care at the University of Nottingham, Bill Yule, Emeritus Professor of Applied Child Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, London, Arlene Healey, Family Trauma Centre Belfast and Dr Walter Busuttil, Director of Medical Services, Combat Stress. Stephen Regel, Principal Psychotherapist and Co-director of the Centre said: “We were privileged that Terry Waite gave the opening address and also delighted that so many recognised experts in the field shared their knowledge and experience at the conference. It truly was a unique opportunity for attendees to hear from so many experts in trauma and crisis

Over the past ten years more than 1000 clients have been seen at the Centre; the only one of its kind between London and Aberdeen. It offers a range of therapeutic services for adults who have experienced traumatic stress including that arising from road traffic accidents, industrial accidents, as victims of serious crime, refugees and Asylum Seekers, Veterans, and survivors of major incidents in the UK and abroad. The Centre brings together the Trauma Service situated within Nottinghamshire Healthcare and the Research Group for the Study of Trauma, Resilience, and Growth situated within the Centre for Social Work in the University of Nottingham's School of Sociology and Social Policy. The partnership is dedicated to providing therapy, consultancy, education and research into trauma. It provides an umbrella for practitioners and researchers working locally in the NHS and the University to meet and develop research and effective evidence based therapeutic methods. The full spectrum of functioning is a focus, from post traumatic stress to post traumatic growth. Consultancy and training has been delivered to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Ministry of Defence Civilian Welfare Services, Nottinghamshire Constabulary and Fire and Rescue, emergency services throughout the UK, The Family Trauma Centre, Belfast NHS Trust and many diverse partners ranging from international bodies to small locally based community organisations. The Centre has also been acting as advisor to Victim Support’s new Homicide Service, which is a recent national initiative to support individuals and families affected by homicide.

Two Nottingham City services have been reorganised and expanded to improve care. The Community Assessment and Treatment Service (CATS) has been in existence since October 2008 with five staff assessing cases referred to them. 10 more staff, including social workers, have now joined this team, enabling it to see all new referrals into City Services and to work with people for up to 12 months, providing short term focused treatments including access to social services. The CATS team is temporarily based at Foster Drive in Nottingham and will be moving to Phase 3 of Highbury when it opens in October. For any further information please contact the team manager, Gemma Poulter, on 0115 966 1088. The Recovery Service works with people with longer term needs. The team has the Recovery philosophy at its heart and aims to help people with long term issues to regain independence and control in their lives. People who use this service will be supported to understand and manage their difficulties and to take steps to fulfil dreams and goals including voluntary or paid employment. The Recovery Service is based at the Stonebridge Centre and managed by Tracey Taylor. Tracey can be contacted on 0115 955 5446. These two services replace the community mental health teams (CMHTs) which were previously based at The Stonebridge Centre, Rosebery House and Regent Street. In addition to these changes a peer support worker project is being piloted via the Recovery Service. Peer support worker posts have been designed to employ people who use the service to make use of their personal experience of mental distress to inspire hope for recovery in others. For further information about this please contact Nicole Hunter, Co-ordinator for the Peer Support Project, or Tracey Taylor, both at the Stonebridge Centre on 0115 955 5446.

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Standing up for Action Against Elder Abuse

Street art at Wathwood During one week in April a group of patients from across all three wards at Wathwood Hospital joined a resident street artist and occupational therapy staff to produce a street art style mural for the sports hall. Patients were involved at all stages from planning the design and taking part

in a street art workshop through to the final completion of the mural. The image depicts a sporting theme and adds a new dimension to the environment, reflecting current culture and a modern approach to art. Patients who were involved commented that they enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to be

Doctor retires after 26 years working with Rushcliffe's elderly Family members and colleagues past and present attended a retirement party in June to bid farewell to Dr Jonathan Waite. Dr Waite has been a consultant psychiatrist in older people’s mental health for over twenty years. He is highly respected and popular with both his patients and colleagues and has worked tirelessly for the rights of others throughout his career. Dr Waite graduated from Edinburgh

creative and that they benefited from the sense of accomplishment and working as a team. They also felt that they had helped produce something that looks good and developed their skills in spray painting. We would like to thank all patients, staff and the street artist for all their contributions and hard work in producing the mural.

University in Pharmacology (1973) and Medicine (1976). He has specialised in psychiatry since 1977. After working as a junior doctor in Edinburgh he came to Nottingham in 1981 and since 1984 he has been a full time NHS Consultant in the Psychiatry of Old Age. In 2001 he gained a degree in Mental Health Law from the University of Northumbria. He is Lord Chancellor's Medical Visitor for the Midlands and East Anglia and contributed to the BMA/Law Society book Assessment of Mental Capacity. He has a wide interest in psychiatry of old age and has published research on the epidemiology and treatment of dementia, the provision of services and on legal aspects of psychiatry. The community team at Lings Bar Hospital has worked with Dr Waite for 18 years and all will miss his unique humour, his photographic memory, and his thirst for hard work. Dr Waite has been a constant and reassuring presence in the health service. He will be missed both locally and nationally and by none more than his colleagues and patients. Dr Waite and wife Pam accept gifts at his retirement party.


The Trust’s Older People’s Services teamed up with Age Concern to take part in a national push to raise awareness of abuse of the elderly. Sharon Howe, Modern Matron, and Ruth Coffey from Age Concern manned an information stand in Café Art, Duncan Macmillan House over lunch on Tuesday 15 June as part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Sharon and Ruth set up posters and displays and gave out leaflets and pens, along with plenty of verbal information. They also raised a small sum of money from a raffle, which has been sent to the charity Action Against Elder Abuse. “The event was really well attended,” said Sharon. “People came and talked about their experiences and we had a lot of interest. It is a subject that we need to be engaged with – we are all going to be ‘elders’ one day.” Events took place all around the country on the same day to highlight the need for action against elder abuse. Elderly abuse takes various forms: physical, psychological, financial, sexual and neglect. It is estimated that half a million older people are abused and neglected every day in their own homes by people they thought they could trust.

Blast from the past – answer Peter – centre, standing. Malcolm – front row, second from left. Norman – second row, second from right.

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Home grown vegetables for Heather Close residents Service users at Heather Close Recovery Unit in Mansfield are growing vegetables to feed themselves and their neighbours.

Peter Holmes is one of the service users involved. We asked him about his gardening: What gardening have you done? We’ve got a greenhouse and raised beds. We’ve grown vegetables and various plants, and have planted some new trees around the site. We’ve also started a wildlife and wildflower garden and a sensory garden for us all to relax in.

The unit has a successfully established garden run by the service users on the unit. Over the past two years the service users have planted and grown tomatoes, potatoes, onions, radishes, beetroot, carrots and spring onions, amongst others. The finished produce is then shared How did you learn how to garden? among the bungalows for all to enjoy. We have a small amount of knowledge anyway, and we’ve asked other keen gardeners for advice. We Peter Holmes with some of the fruits also use books and visit garden (and vegetables) of his labours. centres for advice and ideas. What do you think you’ve got out of gardening? I enjoy growing things, and it gives me something to do. When the vegetables are grown we distribute the healthy, home grown food around the unit so that everyone can enjoy it. When people see how we’ve grown our own vegetables it encourages them to join us.

Free fishing fun for North Notts service users CSV Volunteering Project Manager Sue Todd has been helping John Greenacre, volunteer and trainee psychiatric nurse,

organise a service user fishing group at Sutton Lawn in Sutton, North Notts. The monthly fishing sessions bring service users together and help close the generation gap as experienced fishermen share their skills with newer anglers.

All instruction, tackle, bait and day licence are provided free of charge for Trust service users from the North Notts area. If you know of anyone who would like to join the group please contact John Greenacre on 0783 776 3190 or Sue Todd on 01623 785903.

Service users gain horticulture skills A group of 15 service users has achieved City & Guilds Level 1 qualifications in horticultural skills after working through the worst British winter for 30 years. The course was run in partnership with Nottingham Trent University (NTU) at the university’s Brackenhurst campus in Southwell. None of the students had worked in a glasshouse or grounds before and the course posed many challenges – not least of which was making the journey by public transport to and from the campus. From week two, however, the students’ self esteem and confidence grew. The atmosphere was always relaxed and welcoming and both the course leader and the NTU tutor agreed the group was a pleasure to teach. Their thirst for knowledge and work ethic was fantastic and the success of the course is a credit to the students in maintaining their attendance, enthusiasm and their thirst for horticultural knowledge. Dave Jukes, Lecturer in Horticulture Science at the University, said: “This course has been a huge success in terms of attendance and retention of the students for the entire duration of the course. “The way the students responded to the challenges they faced this year has been an inspiration to all my colleagues here at NTU and we have seen marked positive changes and growing ambitions in many of the students. I hope we can continue and grow this initiative well into the future”. The organisers are now looking into the possibility of arranging a level two course and hope that individual students may provide peer support for the next group of level one students.

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Involvement Team visits Contemporary Gallery Four members of the Involvement Team visited the new Nottingham Contemporary Gallery’s third exhibition ‘Uneven Geography’ in June.

John Harrison, Darren Ward and Michael – explored separate rooms, studying one of the exhibits and making notes. Then they changed rooms and made notes on each others’ chosen exhibit.

The visit, organised by Michael Osborne, Service User Volunteer, included the company of an artist employed by the gallery who planned an interactive session for the service users.

The artist led a discussion on the chosen works which ended with the visitors working together to produce a piece of work in the style of one of the exhibits.

Each of the visitors – Catherine Swain,

It was a very interesting, educational and

Arson Treatment Team presents at international forensic mental health conference

The Arson Treatment Team from the National High Secure Healthcare Service for Women at Rampton Hospital was delighted to present a conference symposium in May at the 10th Annual Conference of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services in Vancouver, Canada. The team, consisting of Phyllis Annesley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Arson Treatment Programme Lead, Leonie Davison, Nursing Team Leader, and Christopher Colley, Nursing Team Leader, addressed ‘Developments in providing arson treatment for women at the National High Secure Healthcare Service for Women’.

Christopher Colley, Phyllis Annesley, Leonie Davison at the IAFMHS 2010 Conference


inspiring afternoon and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Michael is organising a similar visit with an artist to the next exhibition of works by Diane Arbus (Photographer) and Gert and Uwe Tobias (Artists) which starts in midJuly at the Nottingham Contemporary Gallery. Anyone interested please contact or 07890 871769. Places will be limited to twelve and are open to service users/carers only.

Delegates from around the world attended the symposium. Dr Susan Kim, Institutional Psychologist from British Columbia, Canada said: “The presentation was one of the most helpful and enjoyable presentations I attended”. Ms Alyson Lang, General Manager within The Peaks Unit, Rampton Hospital, similarly said: “This was one of the best presentations that I attended at the conference. I thoroughly enjoyed the style of the delivery – it was factual, explaining the theoretical background to developing and delivering arson treatment and giving examples of the therapeutic work delivered by the team. The presentation captured the full attention of the audience.” The team is extremely grateful for the support received from Dr Mike Harris, Dr John Wallace, Mr Richard Phipps, Ms Helen Watkinson, Ms Ged Picton, Ms Sarah Ilett and Ms Kerry Reynolds.

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Staff make dignity the real deal for patients Nursing staff have been inspired by the Royal College of Nursing’s dignity initiative to reflect on the care they give and make it even more patient-focused, showing how small changes can make a big difference. Teams from the Trust’s Mental Health Services for Older People exhibited the practical changes they have introduced on their wards to champion the dignity of patients at a ‘Dignity Celebration’ held in June.

Jennifer Doohan, the RCN’s Professional Development Officer in the East Midlands, delivered dignity awareness sessions and presented certificates to staff who took part. She said: “It was a privilege to see the thought and hard work that nursing staff have invested in promoting the dignity of their patients and the pride with which they presented the work they had done.”

Colleagues also took part in a dignity awareness training programme organised by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) regional office in partnership with Sharon Howe, a RCN member and matron of the older people’s mental health service in Nottingham. One of the most striking developments is the use of memory quilts, which enable inpatients with dementia to sit together and recall significant moments in local and world history by seeing pictures and touching items embroidered on to a quilt. The quilts are designed by Sheila Harris, the wife of ward manager Rod Harris, and are now in use on the Silver Birch ward and in the Autumn Unit at Highbury Hospital. Other displays showcased how care practices and procedures have been reviewed to ensure patients’ needs are prioritised.

Staff display one of the memory quilts used in the care and support of older people with dementia.

Making Disability Equality a reality On 22 June, the Trust held its 3rd Annual Disability Network Event. The purpose of the day was to share good practice and provide networking opportunities, while demonstrating our commitment to all Equality and Diversity strands, including Disability Equality.

Professor Mike Cooke, Chief Executive, opened the event by thanking everyone for their support in helping the Trust achieve 13th place in the Disability Standard 2009. This highlighted many successes, but like any good benchmarking tool, also identified gaps. Accordingly an action plan has been put in place which is being implemented by the Disability Equality Steering Group and monitored at Board level by the Trustwide Equality and Diversity Sub Committee of the Trust Board. A number of speakers provided updates, shared good practice and demonstrated their wares on the day. They included Ailsa Fairley, Trust Disability

Awareness Trainer and Dee Caunt from the Nottinghamshire Dyslexia Association. There was a demonstration from Evac Chair International Ltd, an update on the Disability Discrimination Act access audit by John Clarke and Steve Winfield, a HR update from Jackie Cyrnik and an overview of Disability Direct from Charlotte Throssel. Delegates participated in group discussions, listened to the experts and networked with key speakers and other staff. Feedback confirmed that it was a very successful and thought-provoking event which covered a variety of disabilities both visible and non-visible, and overall, was an interesting and enjoyable day.

Janet Sheard, Executive Director, Nursing and Allied Health Professionals presents Trevor Corney with a gift from the Trust to commemorate his retirement as Chair of the Disability Equality Steering Group.

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Modernising library services

during the transitional period, although electronic resources will still be available and can be accessed via the Libraries Intranet page.

The Library Service is changing to better meet the needs of Trust staff and students. As part of this process Rampton Hospital Library is moving to a new purpose built facility in the Mike Harris Learning and Development Centre, based outside the secure area.

Other developments taking place across Trust Library Services include a combined library catalogue which covers the stock at Duncan Macmillan House, Rampton Hospital and Wathwood, and a single library membership across all three libraries. The Library Services team has also increased investment in e-books, e-journals and databases. All these developments make it easier for colleagues to access library resources wherever they are based in the Trust.

The new facility will have a modern, fresh look with co-ordinated furniture and a purpose built library counter and shelving. Wireless networking is also planned and will be available in the near future. Being situated in the new learning centre brings additional benefits, making the library an integral part of the training and learning experience. The existing library facility closes on 16 August and the new library will open on 23 August. No services will be available

There are further plans to improve Library Services over the coming months. Watch this space for updates. In the meantime, the team would appreciate colleagues’ feedback and thoughts on how the Trust Library Service can better meet your needs. You can feed back through the Library Feedback option on the Libraries Intranet page or through local library staff.

Carer support group a success in Bassetlaw The Bassetlaw Carer Support Group has been providing a forum for carers to share experiences, learn and support each other for more than a year, and a recent evaluation showed it fills a valuable role. The group was set up in April 2009 and is aimed at people who care for loved ones who are experiencing a mental health illness. It is facilitated by volunteer and carer Sarah Blaydes and Andrea Emmens, Family Interventions Co-ordinator, but the group is very much carer-led. Carers who attend the group regularly find it a valuable use of time, giving them the chance to talk to healthcare professionals but, more importantly, to other carers, enabling them to share their experiences,


stories and worries. As one carer has said: “I no longer feel alone”. The first meeting last year identified that the carers needed to know more about their rights as carers, medication, the crisis team and other topics. To address this need specific sessions have been arranged on these topics with members of staff from the relevant teams attending. All carers have found these sessions very valuable and have asked for more like them. Some of the members of the Bassetlaw Carer Support Group.

Arnold Lodge patients contribute to forensic nursing text Patients at Arnold Lodge have contributed to a new book, Forensic Nursing: Ethics, Debates, Dilemmas. The book is co-edited by Dr Richard Byrt, Lecturer-Practitioner, Nursing at Arnold Lodge and the School of Nursing and Midwifery, De Montfort University. It covers ethics, debates and dilemmas in forensic nursing in secure hospitals, prisons and the community and includes accounts by individuals with experience as patients, survivors of offences and various professionals. It will be published later this year. Five Arnold Lodge patients (current and former) contributed to the book. Three former Cannock ward patients wrote about their experiences of moral reasoning groups as part of a chapter on this topic; another individual wrote a chapter about her experience of Coniston ward and “Billy B” (a pseudonym) dictated a chapter and other contributions on his previous experiences in high secure hospitals. All these people volunteered to contribute to the book and did so with the full consent and support of their consultants and ward managers. Other contributors included several Arnold Lodge professionals. This is the fourth forensic nursing book to include accounts by Arnold Lodge patients and staff, and Richard Byrt is very grateful for all contributions to the four texts.

Comments taken from a recent evaluation include: “I’ve made some really good friends and found other things to do since joining the group. I’ve even joined as a member at Rosewood Involvement Centre.” “It’s great; finally I’ve met others who are going through something similar to myself.” The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 1.30pm to 3pm in Group Room 1 at the Mental Health Unit at Bassetlaw Hospital. Meeting dates for the rest of 2010 are 7 September, 5 October, 2 November, 7 December. For more information please contact Sarah Blaydes on 01623 835210 or Andrea Emmens on 01909 502210.

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Peace and tranquility in Rampton’s gardens In the centre of Rampton Hospital amongst all the major building developments are a garden and small animal unit – both the result of hard work and dedication by a team of technical instructors and patients from all directorates in the hospital. The unit offers a wide range of skills and activities to patients, with high numbers asking for the opportunity to work on the unit. Those who have worked there are all extremely proud of what they have achieved. It’s not only patients working on the unit who benefit from the area; wards and therapy groups pre-arrange visits to enjoy the peace and tranquility, from the calming effect of the Koi pond to

animals that are used as part of patient therapy. The unit is also visited by staff looking for some time out to relax and the area is a haven for wildlife with regular visits from lesser spotted and green woodpeckers, greenfinches, bullfinches, goldfinches, wagtails and more. This year the team has planted around 80 hanging baskets and has an extensive range of bedding plants. The quality of the baskets has

Pathfinder pilot project In 2009 all doctors wishing to practice medicine in the UK were issued with a License to Practice. As part of the Revalidation Process to determine that doctors are up to date and remain fit to practice, the General Medical Council needs “positive assurance” that doctors are practicing in accordance with the expected standards, a system of Strengthened Medical Appraisal is being piloted. In 2009, NHS organisations were asked to apply to pilot this Strengthened Medical Appraisal for Revalidation in their area and there was an overwhelming enthusiasm across the country to be involved. Derbyshire Mental Health Services and Nottinghamshire Healthcare were successful in a joint bid to become one of 10 pilot sites, the only sole Mental Health pilot site to be chosen. These pilots will run until March 2011 and will test the proposed processes for revalidation and appraisal work in practice; contribute to information on the costs and benefits of revalidation that are needed to plan the implementation and to help NHS and other organisations prepare for successful implementation. Medical revalidation is supported by the General Medical Council, the Department of Health, NHS Employers, Medical Royal Colleges and Devolved Governments of the UK. Doctors across both Trusts are signing up to take part in this project and training is underway for those wishing to take part. If you would like to find out more about this, please contact Jackie Edmondston, Pathfinder Project lead via email, or telephone on 01332 623733

Catherine Pope

become widely known, prompting more and more orders. The team has also had a regular display of plants and vegetables for sale on their purpose built market stall and all the money earned comes back into the NHS budget. Being out in the fresh air, undertaking the physical exercise that gardening demands, working with nature and nurturing plants all help to improve patients’

health and wellbeing, building self-esteem and developing social skills whilst working alongside others. One of our service users recently commented: “Learning how to do gardening and how to plant flowers makes me happy, takes things off my mind and I can take things I have learned out into the community with me. I always sleep better when I’ve been on the gardens.”

Trust colleague elected to Mental Health Network Board Catherine Pope, the Trust’s Associate Director: Allied Health Professionals, has been appointed Director of Therapies on the Mental Health Network Board. The Mental Health Network is part of the NHS Confederation, an independent body that works for health providers. The network’s Board steers the work programme, aiming to raise the profile of mental health and helping to shape and change policy and share best practice. This is the first time a director of therapies representative has sat on the Board and Catherine is looking forward to getting involved. “I was quite shocked when I found out I’d been appointed,” she said, “but it’s very exciting as well. I passionately believe that allied health professionals can really benefit service users so it’s a great opportunity to showcase that and try and improve access for service users to allied health professionals.” Appointments to the Board are made by a process of selfnomination followed by voting. Catherine will hold the position for the next three years.

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Safety and Security Directions and Clinical Security Framework Version 2 l-r: Clare Thurlow (Lecturer, Peaks Education), David Underwood (Lecturer, Peaks Education), Luke Cooper (Learning Support Worker, Peaks Education), Sarah Spurry (Consultant for the Learning and Skills Improvement Service), Perdita Jackson (Education Co-ordinator, Peaks Education), Zane Dexter (Learning Support Worker, Peaks Education).

Book launch: Pathway to Discovery Lecturer Brendon Stone of Sheffield University gave his personal account of the book launch: “I was glad to be asked to support the publication of ‘Pathway to Discovery’. The book spoke to me personally in the emphasis on With the help of the Peaks Education journeys, on education and on discovery. Team, the book ‘Pathway to Discovery’ In particular, I liked the focus on learning made its entrance on to the Peaks Unit through paying attention to our everyday at Rampton Hospital with great success lives. In this view of the world, every day and enthusiasm. The launch took place is a classroom and life is a teacher. Our during a lunchtime and was attended job, perhaps, is to be open to the lessons by some 30 guests and visitors, life has to teach us. I like this because at including Sarah Spurry from Learning dark times life can appear meaningless and Skills Implement Service, Dick and useless, but perhaps even in Machin, publisher, and Brendon Stone, moments like this there are positive University Lecturer. Eleven patients, lessons to be learned; therefore perhaps each of whom made a contribution to there is always a possibility for us to find the book, also attended the event. meaning, learn and grow. Of course, it’s not always easy to think like this, but I ‘Pathway to Discovery’ is intended to find it a helpful idea which I will do my help those taking their first steps on a best to remember.” personal journey towards discovering new experiences and emotions, and to For more information about the book enable those who wish to record and contact Perdita Jackson on 01777 880446 store the progress of their journey. or email

A book written by patients for patients was launched in June with four unique patient perspective presentations.

Trust named as top employer The Trust has been named as one of the top 100 healthcare providers to work for in the UK. It was rated as the 12th best employer in the country in the Healthcare 100 list, moving up in position from last year, and the third best in terms of mental health and learning disability organisations and the top such provider in the East Midlands. The list is run by Health Service Journal (HSJ) and Nursing Times and research partner Ipsos MORI in association with the Department of Health and NHS Employers. It is based on polling of employees of registering organisations and is


Ian Fidler, Clinical Security Manager at Rampton Hospital and Chris Sharpe, formerly Head of Security with the Hospital, have been working with the Department of Health (DH) to develop a Clinical Security Framework, which will be hosted by the DH and be publically available. The Framework is also going to be endorsed formally by the DH. The framework, which has taken four years to develop, follows on from the Directions of the Tilt review into security at all three high secure Hospitals in England and provides a common measure and language for managing security within such specialist services. Where commonalities are to be found there is clear guidance on how to interpret directions, whilst there is also the ability to manage local circumstances. The Local Clinical Security Framework for Rampton Hospital, reflecting the amendments contained within Version 2 of the National Framework, has direct references to our local procedures, ensuring that our particular geographical and physical circumstances are accounted for. This has been a major piece of work and the team involved are justifiably proud of the contribution that they have made to the safe running of these three hospitals. Well done.

open to both NHS and independent healthcare providers in the acute, primary care, mental health and ambulance sectors. The 2010 field was bigger than last year, with an increase of 39% of organisations involved and 35,000 staff responding. Organisations featured in the Healthcare 100 are applauded for their leadership and for empowering and engaging staff. Nottinghamshire Healthcare was highlighted for its training and development opportunities and staff praised the working atmosphere with one respondent reporting: “We work hard but there are also opportunities to laugh.” Mike Cooke, Chief Executive said: “I am delighted that once again we have been identified as a top organisation to work for. The fact that our rating directly reflects the way staff feel about working in the Trust means a great deal. I think we are an outstanding organisation and this is purely down to the hard work and commitment of our staff who work to ensure we provide the best quality care to our service users and their carers. Thank you to you all for your efforts.”

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Releasing Time to Care one year on The Releasing Time to Care Team is celebrating its first anniversary after a productive and exciting year working alongside inpatient colleagues to roll out Releasing Time to Care; Productive Mental Health Ward. Releasing Time to Care (RTtC) is a programme developed by the NHS Institute for Innovation to enable teams to increase the amount of time they


spend on direct patient care by improving efficiency of ward processes and removing unnecessary tasks.

core objectives of RTtC – patient experience, staff wellbeing, safety and reliability of care and efficiency of care.

Everyone taking part works through an intensive sixteen week project facilitation followed by ongoing support to complete eleven modules. Once an area has begun the process, it becomes a continuous cycle of evaluation and improvement.

Thirteen wards are currently rolling out Releasing Time to Care within three cohorts. Cohort 1 has completed the foundation modules; cohort 2 has completed the initial 16 week project facilitation to support them through the foundation modules; cohort 3 is progressing through the foundation modules.

Three foundation modules provide a solid platform on which to progress to the remaining modules. They are: • Well organised ward: An approach to simplifying the workplace. Looking at the environment ‘with fresh eyes’ to make sure everything is in the right place at the right time. • Patient status at a glance: Using visual management to enable the team to access patient information ‘at a glance’. • Knowing how we are doing: Using ward based measures to measure and track improvements against the four

q What is your job title and what does your role entail? a Catering manager based at the Wells Road Centre providing food for patients, staff and visitors. Also providing corporate hospitality for events both inside the Trust and external events.

work and the forthcoming events.

This issue we meet catering manager Martyn Poxon

q What do you see as your priorities for Nottinghamshire Healthcare? a Good quality patient care and I particularly strive to provide a healthy balanced diet with lots of choice for all our service users of all ages and cultures.



What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? a Advice from my mother: “Son, get a proper driving licence if you are going to drive that Porsche.” I took note!

q What was the last CD you bought? a Eva Cassidy. q What is your greatest achievement? a Surviving 33 years in the NHS.

To find out more about the programme visit the Releasing Time to Care site on the Intranet or contact the team office at Duncan Macmillan House on 0115 9529491.

q What keeps you awake at night? a Work; I often wake up thinking about

How long have you been with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust? a 33 Years.

What is your employment background? a I have been in catering for all my working life.

RTtC has provided ward teams with an opportunity to reflect upon ward organisation and processes. The foundation modules have provided opportunities to ensure environments are utilised to their full potential and are user friendly, helping staff deliver safe and supportive high quality services.

logs with a cool drink and listening to my favourite music.



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q What makes you angry? a Living with diabetes.

q What are you most passionate about? a Friends and family and their wellbeing. q

What single thing would improve your working life at Nottinghamshire Healthcare? a Finding a cure for my diabetes so that I feel fit and well every day.

q What is your favourite hobby? a Attending to my garden and enjoying relaxing outside with my chimney burning

q What is your favourite film? a Lord of the Rings. q What is your idea of bliss? a Simply enjoying good health. q

What three words would you use to describe yourself? a Open, honest and loyal.


What is your favourite holiday destination? a Antigua.


Who would you take to a desert island? a My family.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time? a Hopefully alive and retired.

q Do you have a ‘claim to fame’? a I met Pierce Brosnan in Antigua airport. q

How would you like to be remembered? a With passion that I have been a good lad on this earth.

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Arnold Lodge hosts World Cup theme day Staff and patients at Arnold Lodge celebrated the World Cup in style by holding their own theme day organised by the Events Committee. Patients worked together before the event making decorations for the unit and designing and making World Cup-inspired T-shirts to wear on the day. A sweepstake gave each patient a team to support throughout the tournament and a chance to win prizes. Activities on the day included a football skills challenge with professional footballers from Nottinghamshire County FC. Patients and staff tried their hands (and feet) at a number of activities designed to test their skill and agility levels including dribbling through palm trees, passing accuracy, chipping the ball

A service user tries his penalty skills against a professional goalkeeper.

through a target and a heading challenge, as well as the chance to score a penalty past a professional goalkeeper. Also on offer was the chance to be photographed with rare memorabilia signed by the England 1966 team. Patients were treated to a barbecue lunch served outside in the sunshine and the afternoon saw patients and staff cheering England on to a win against

NVQ congratulations Congratulations to Ingrid Shipman, Admin Manager for the Nottinghamshire Personality Disorder & Development Network (NPDDN) at Mandala Centre. Ingrid achieved her NVQ Level 3 in Business & Administration in Ingrid Shipman May, and New

College Nottingham’s course assessor confirmed that she did so with an exceptionally high attainment level. “I am very pleased that as a mature student I was able to pass the NVQ,” said Ingrid. “I’m sure that what I have learnt in the course will benefit the NPDDN and I hope to be able to study for a management course next.”

Slovenia in the sports hall, which had been transformed into a sports stadium complete with singing, vuvuzelas and half time refreshments. The Events Committee chair James Routen put the success of the day down to excellent team work throughout the unit, and commented that if the England players had worked as well together they could have won the tournament!

As part of the Local Services Division Estates strategy, Regent Street and Rosebery House in Nottingham have been put up for sale. The proceeds from these sales will be ploughed back into Local Services. This strategy will see us occupying less premises and more co-location with partners.

WHO WE ARE... WE NEED YOU! You may have picked up this copy of the newsletter not knowing what Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust is. We provide mental health and learning disability services for the whole of Nottinghamshire. We also manage medium-secure units in Leicester and Rotherham, and the high-secure Rampton Hospital near Retford.

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