Report to the Meeting of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire by taj12416


                                                                    BOD 17/2010
                                                                   (Agenda item: 4)

 Report to the Meeting of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire
              Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
                       Board of Directors

                                  For Approval

                                24 February 2010

                           Chief Executive’s Report

1. Infection Control Report
The main infection control issue affecting the Trust continues to be vomiting and
diarrhoea. Over the past two months there have been two wards closed as a
result of vomiting and diarrhoea outbreaks. Cherwell Ward has been closed for 6
days, and at the time of writing this report is closed again with another outbreak.
Wintle Ward is also currently closed. There was also an outbreak on the Highfield
Unit but the ward remained open.

Good infection control hygiene practice underpins the prevention and treatment
of such outbreaks. The Trust wide average result for the hand hygiene was 88%
(green). The Highfield Unit was the only ward to receive a red rating and it is
repeating the audit this month.

The monthly commode audit achieved 100% for the key cleanliness measure for
the first time.

The project to improve the hand wash basin provision across the Trust is 85%
completed and will be 100% completed by the end of March.
2. Consultant Psychiatrist Appointments
An Advisory Appointments Committee took place on 22 January to interview
applicants for four consultant posts in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. There
was an oral update at the January Board of Directors meeting to update the
Board on any appointments recommended by the Committee following these
interviews. However, at the time of the Board meeting satisfactory references
and clearance had not been received for the successful candidates. These have
now been received and approved by the Advisory Appointments Committee who
now recommends the following substantive appointments:

Dr Ruth Gronimus, High Wycombe, 10 PAs
Dr Anne Carbonnier, Aylesbury, 10 PAs
Dr Hayley Van Zwanenberg, Oxford Assertive Outreach Team, 6 PAs
Dr Pushpal Desarkar, Aylesbury, 10 PAs

The Board is asked to approve these appointments.

3. Successful Grant Awards
Professor Alan Stein has recently been awarded a large 5 year programme grant
by the Wellcome Trust to conduct a Randomised Control Treatment trial of a
home based treatment for mothers with postnatal depression in order to help
them with their depression and their interaction with their babies. The ultimate
aim of this treatment is to improve their children’s cognitive behaviour and

Professor Stein has also been successful in gaining funding from the Department
of Children, Schools and Families to evaluate Children’s Centres nationally and
also funding from a US fund in a joint application with the Institute of Psychiatry
to examine the effects of PTSD in military personnel on their children’s mental
health. This will primarily focus on children who have parents serving in Iraq and

4. Highfield Planning Application
Oxford City Council have approved the planning application to build a new 20
bed adolescent inpatient unit on the Warneford site which will replace the current
Highfield Unit. The planning approval is conditional subject to the Trust providing
a £200k contribution for the reprovision of the cricket pitch.

Subject to the legal agreement being agreed between both parties work is due to
begin on site in the coming weeks so that the unit will be open by the end of
5. Community Health Oxfordshire (CHO)
Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health Foundation Trust will be
working with CHO to look at opportunities for services integration. This is
alongside the piece of work already on-going with CHO, the Nuffield Orthopaedic
NHS Trust and the Ridgeway Partnership - Oxfordshire Learning Disability NHS
Trust (OLDT) to explore options around closer integration between their services.

Formal business cases for the two proposals will be submitted to the PCT Board
at its public meeting on 25 March in Witney.

The Board is asked to note the report and to approve the Consultant
appointments as advised.

Lead Executive Director: Julie Waldron, Chief Executive

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