On April 22nd I attended a short introduction to the work of the Severn and Wye Recovery College in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. Recovery colleges are said to be a new approach to recovery in mental illness, based on an educational model. But I thought the introductory session I attended gave mixed messages in several ways, leaving me unsure about the whole idea.
In a meeting yesterday no one could lay their hands on the actual wording that defines the role of the council of governors in an NHS foundation trust. For future convenience, I copied and pasted the relevant paragraphs into a short reference document.
On March 31st I attended a meeting of the Board of the 2gether trust. All NHS foundation trusts are required to hold board meetings in public, although they are not public meetings in the sense that anyone can participate. Members of public can observe the meeting, and they can submit questions subject to some limitations.
I’ve been looking at the performance of drug and alcohol services, using the limited public data available. The 2gether NHS trust provides drug and alcohol services in Herefordshire but not in its home county of Gloucestershire, where they are provided by the charity Turning Point after 2gether lost the contract (for reasons that are unclear).
It’s a while since I looked at the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) data published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). The latest available results for Gloucestershire and Herefordshire don’t give me any reason to jump for joy, and some of the published figures are quite baffling.
When I wrote recently about 2gether NHS Foundation Trust’s results in the 2013 NHS Staff Survey, I referred briefly to the results for individual parts of the trust, the directorates. This time I’m looking at the individual directorates in a bit more detail.
NHS Citizen, the public engagement project being run on behalf of NHS England, continues to develop, although I’m still not quite sure where its development is heading or where it will end up. The uncertainty seems to be partly deliberate, so that the project can shape itself to what citizens want it to be. I continue to find the whole idea intriguing and exciting, but also a bit mystifying.