7 Cups of Tea

Category: 7 CupsI’ve had a link to the enigmatically named 7 Cups of Tea website in my sidebar for a while. The site is as enigmatic as its name in many ways, contradictory and difficult to sum up, though I’d still recommend it as a resource for anyone who needs support.

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Category: CQCThe Care Quality Commission (CQC) has reported its findings following its week-long inspection in October 2015 of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, the mental health trust for Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. The report reveals as much about the CQC, however, as it does about the trust.

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Ruthless efficiency

While the NHS is well known to be bureaucratic and wasteful, the private sector is equally well known for rooting out bureaucracy in order to be ruthlessly efficient in its pursuit of profit.

Really? Someone forwarded this delightful memo that was sent to private sector providers recently…

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A Council of Governors meeting

Category: 2getherI rarely write about meetings of the Council of Governors of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust. This is mainly because there’s so much to write about that I shirk the task altogether. Maybe it will be better if I stick to the main issues and ignore the rest. Here are some thoughts about a Council meeting that discussed care plans and the re-appointment of the Chair.

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An NHS Citizen tale

Categoty: NHS citizenWith NHS England’s NHS Citizen project going pretty much dormant until the New Year, now seems like a good time to look at where it’s got to. Here’s a tale that connects some events over the past months in relation to a single topic, so as to illustrate what NHS Citizen has come to.

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What do governors do?

Category: 2getherI keep trying to write a short description of what governors of foundation trusts do, or should do. Every time I try, it gets longer and longer and then I give up. But the role isn’t really that complicated. Here’s my latest attempt at a short description.

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Living a long life?

Category: Public HealthA new online resource, Living a long life?, presents information about why people who are mentally ill don’t generally live as long as the rest of us. Early death associated with serious mental illness deserves to be more widely understood, so I was pleased to see this initiative. But I soon discovered some very considerable problems.

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