On September 18th the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published the results of its latest Community Mental Health survey, not a survey that measures the mental health of communities, as one might perhaps think, but a survey of people who are mentally ill and receiving secondary care in the community (rather than in hospital or through their GP). The results for the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust are excellent, although upon looking deeper it appears that the survey reveals more about the CQC than it does about mental healthcare.
On September 18th, the NHS Citizen project ran a test version of the third stage of its process for bringing issues that matter to the public to the attention of the NHS England Board — the Assembly. I attended interactively online, one of just a few people who chose to do so. Other people were able to see the proceedings without directly participating.
The NHS Citizen project recently ran a test of what it calls Gather, the middle part of the three-part system that’s being built to provide a way for citizens to bring issues directly to the attention of the NHS England Board. I was able to participate in some of the Gather test to get a sense of how the whole thing will eventually work, although it still doesn’t completely make sense to me.
Does the name Tom Wakefield mean anything to you? In the context of the 2gether Trust? Someone asked me that recently, and I had to admit the name didn’t ring any bells. Here’s a brief outline of the story, or anyway, of the story so far.
On July 24th and 25th the NHS Citizen project ran what was advertised as a design workshop in Bristol. I attended the first day in person, and I followed some of the second day online. What the project will deliver is already clear in outline, but there is much detail yet to fill in. Behind the missing detail I suspect some important unanswered questions lurk.
The South West Governors’ Exchange Network (SWGEN) organizes events a couple of times a year for governors and others from the region’s NHS foundation trusts. An all-day event in Taunton on July 22nd brought together delegates from thirteen trusts to hear presentations about various things of interest to governors, and I attended along with another governor from the 2gether NHS FT.
Monitor, the government regulator for health services in England, requires NHS foundation trusts to submit various reports and plans. One of the key submissions for every trust will be its strategic plan and 5-year financial return, due to be submitted to Monitor by 30th June. I wondered how a member of the 2gether Trust might go about evaluating such a strategic plan, although all this is a little theoretical because only a brief summary of the plan is likely to be published.