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Specialist Mental Health Trust to Bury, Rochdale,                                  Pennine Care
Oldham, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop
                                                                                                   NHS Trust

                                                                Issue 32 November 2007

Trust services are officially ‘excellent’
The Annual Health Check,                     According to the Healthcare
the most comprehensive                       Commission, the Trust was                   Infection control
assessment of the NHS ever, was              ‘good’ at managing its finances,
published on 18th October 2007               and the organisation has met                under the spotlight
by the Healthcare Commission.                its financial targets for the past          Hand washing is the single most
Each NHS Trust in England is given           two years, with arrangements                effective way of maintaining good
a rating based on the quality                in place operating effectively.             levels of hygiene and reducing
of their services, and how well                 John Archer Chief Executive              health care associated infections.
they manage their finances.                  commented, “This is outstanding             Infection prevention and control
  Pennine Care NHS Trust has                 news for the Trust. Congratulations         measures are just as important
improved its performance in the              are conveyed to all staff within            for mental health services as
2006/07 Annual Health Check when             the Trust and to all departments            for other care organisations.
compared to the results of last year.        who have worked extremely hard              Continued on page 2
While achieving a significantly high         during the past year at a time of
standard on its quality of services rated    significant organisational change.”
as ‘good’ last year, this has risen to the
top score of ‘excellent’ – as assessed
by the Healthcare Commission, the
health watchdog for England.
The Trust fully met all its health
                                              “Congratulations are
standards and all its new and existing        conveyed to all staff
targets. Based on the Healthcare
Commission assessment, the Trust              within the Trust and
also provided an excellent quality
of service to patients, having made            to all departments
improvements compared to the                   who have worked
previous year. Patient feedback
from national surveys rates the              extremely hard during                       l Catherine Forman, CNS Infection
Trust above the national average                                                         Control/Physical Health, tries
against all four domains assessed.             the past year at a                        the ‘glow and tell’ box out on
  The Trust has also improved its              time of significant                       Dr Sudhir Kaligotla, Medical
results for its use of resources,                                                        Director and David Curtis,
which was rated as ‘fair’ in 2005/06         organisational change”                      Executive Director of Nursing
to ‘good’ for this year’s results.                                                       and Integrated Governance.

  In this issue ...
 l Infection control under the spotlight l Services in Bury transformed l Birch Hill Hospital upgrade
 unveiled l Our NHS, Our Future l Complaints department excels l Volunteers congratulated by the Board
 l Trust says farewell to … And welcomes … l World Mental Health Day celebrations l Personal safety
 highlighted during SAM l Black and Minority Ethnic Staff Network launched l Your chance to win a
 week’s annual leave! l Trust attracts more members l Oldham celebrates Disability Awareness Day
 l Riddle-solver donates winnings l Cannabis Awareness Week l Trust Awards Spectacular
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 Infection control under the spotlight
 Continued from page 1
 Catherine Forman, CNS Infection
                                            All clinical areas should now have
                                            posters with guidelines for hand
                                                                                      all areas of the hands are cleaned           Birch Hill Hospital upgrade unveiled
                                                                                      properly. The training will include the
 Control/Physical Health for the Trust,     decontamination. Posters for the use      correct procedure and technique using        Paul Rowan MP formally                    the Birch Hill site, and site security     These premises now provide us with
 would like to remind staff of the          of hand gel should be situated at the     a ‘glow and tell’ box which shows up         opened the newly refurbished              has been upgraded with improved            a sound foundation from which
 Infection Control Strategy which can       entrance of all units and all clinical    the areas missed when hand washing.          premises on the Birch Hill site in        lighting, CCTV, fencing and modern         we can continue to develop and
 be found on the intranet within the        staff should have personal hand           Link professionals will be shown how         Rochdale on the 7th September.            personal safety systems for staff.         modernise mental health services.”
 Infection Prevention and Control Policy.   gel dispensers, apart from Forensic       to use the ‘glow and tell’ box so              Birch Hill provides accommodation          John Archer, Trust Chief Executive,
 The hands of staff are the most            and High Support who have risk            they can take it onto their ward or          for inpatient mental health services      said, “We would like to thank              l From left to right: Stephen
 common vehicle by which micro-             assessed this and decided against the     department and ensure all staff get a        for adults and older people, and          Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton            Netherwood, Head of Service,
 organisms are transmitted to patients,     use of personal dispensers. All areas     chance to practice their technique.          outpatient services for service           PCT, and Rochdale Metropolitan             Adult Care, Rochdale MBC Adult
 but quite often staff do not wash their    should have hand gel dispensers              Additionally, Catherine will be rolling   users of all ages. The services have      Borough Council for their support in       Care Service; Jean Ashworth,
 hands in between seeing different          in clinic and treatment rooms.            out hand washing training for all Trust      been the subject of a £7 million          achieving this significant investment      Rochdale MBC; MP Paul Rowen,
 patients and also often not effectively.      All clinical staff will be receiving   HQ staff so that when they visit clinical    upgrade within the last 18 months         in Rochdale services. We’d also            Barry Windle RMBC, and Terry
 Hands should be washed properly to         mandatory hand washing training as        areas they will be aware of the need for     to enable staff to provide better         like to thank all staff working            McCabe, Trust Chairman.
 ensure micro-organisms are removed.        the technique is important to ensure      correct and effective hand washing.          quality care in safe environments         at the Birch Hill site who have
                                                                                                                                   that are fit for purpose.                 continued to deliver care during
                                                                                                                                     A 16 bedded assessment ward             the extended building period.
                                                                                                                                   for adults has been developed

 Services in Bury transformed
                                                                                                                                   alongside accommodation for
                                                                                                                                   the Borough’s Crisis Resolution
                                                                                                                                   Home Treatment Service. In
 The Trust was delighted to                 physical and mental health needs.            We would also like to thank all           addition, there is a new ward for
 officially open the brand new                 The scheme will support the move       staff working at the Fairfield site who      older people designed to enable
 inpatient facility at Fairfield            of older people’s inpatient beds from     have continued to deliver care during        separation of people with dementia
 Hospital in Bury – named the               ageing facilities at Ramsbottom           the extended building period.”               and functional illness, as well as
 Irwell Unit. Ivan Lewis, MP for            Cottage to a newly refurbished ward          Carer Lily Reid, who championed           a newly refurbished day service.
 Bury South and Minister for                in Pennine House on the Fairfield site.   a long-standing campaign for better            All these facilities have single room
 Care Services, performed the                  John Archer, Trust Chief Executive,    facilities in Bury, commented on the         provision, with en-suite facilities,
 official opening ceremony on               said, “This major investment              new facility, “People with a serious         and allow access to outside areas.
 Friday, the 12th October.                  represents a significant step forward     mental illness deserve the best –            Staffing levels have been increased
    The Trust has invested £7.3 million     in the modernisation of mental            and only the best is good enough.”           within these areas during this time.
 in building a state-of-the-art 44          health services in the Borough.                                                          Outpatient facilities have also been
 bedded Adult Unit on the Fairfield site,   We would like to thank Bury PCT,          l Ivan Lewis MP for Bury South               improved with the development of
 which is an extension to the existing      and Bury Metropolitan Borough             and Minister for Care Services,              a modern and welcoming facility
 facility at Roch House. In addition        Council for their support.                Lily Reid and John Archer, Chief             for children and adolescents, which
 to this, commissioners Bury Primary                                                  Executive, unveil the plaque.                provides interview and therapeutic
 Care Trust (PCT) will be funding the                                                                                              rooms as well as a staff base. In
 running costs of the new unit to                                                                                                  addition, the adult outpatient service
 the tune of £400,000 per year.                                                                                                    has been relocated and expanded.
    The new unit comprises of one                                                                                                    The refurbishment programme
 24 bedded admission/assessment                                                                                                    has enabled all the mental health
 ward, and one 20 bedded Enhanced                                                                                                  services to be relocated to the top of
 Care ward. It replaces the two
 admission wards (27 and 28) which
 were based at Pennine House.
    The design of the wards has been
 undertaken in consultation with a
 Bury project group, to ensure that
 the new facility provides a high
                                                                                                                                   Our NHS, Our Future
 quality environment for service                                                                                                   The Our NHS, Our Future Team              l Fair – equally available to all          Your views will be used to inform the
 users, their families and staff.                                                                                                  wants to hear the views of                l Personalised – tailored care providing   next stage of discussions with staff,
    The development means that not                                                                                                 all those with an interest in             convenient access to services              the public and patients. All responses
 only will we be able to provide a                                                                                                 building a better health service.         l Effective – delivering the               will be treated confidentially. They
 better quality of care and a greater                                                                                              Patients, staff and the public            best outcomes for patients                 may use quotes from your responses,
 range of therapeutic activities for                                                                                               are all invited to contribute.            l Safe – as safe as it possibly can be     but these will be anonymised.
 adult inpatients, there are also                                                                                                    The subject is vast, but the interim
 major benefits for older people                                                                                                   report from Lord Darzi (which can be      Tell the team what you think of this
 requiring inpatient care. We will be                                                                                              found on sets          vision and why. Send an email to:
 better able to provide for both their                                                                                             out his vision of a world class NHS as:
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 Complaints department excels                                                                                                         Trust says farewell to…
 The Trust aims to provide an                 However, the Trust is working hard to       of IT systems (to allow information to
 efficient, effective and safe service        change this culture, by focusing on         be easily passed between the Boroughs       The Trust said farewell to             Chairman of the Trust, Terry           wish her good health and
 and this is achieved and experienced         the learning and quality improvements       and the Complaints Department), the         Dr Di James, following               McCabe, said, “It is sad that            happiness for the future”.
 in the majority of cases. However, in        which are highlighted by complaints.        development of new investigation            four years of an illustrious         Pennine Care will see the departure
 a large organisation which provides            We are pleased to report that over        guidance and training, and of course,       career with Pennine Care             of Dr Di James whose skill,
 a service to so many people, it is           the past number of months, Pennine          the commitment and hard work of all         and indeed the NHS, which            knowledge and contribution to the
 acknowledged that sometimes                  Care NHS Trust has exceeded its own         staff involved in complaints handling.      she joined in 1979.                  Trust Board and to the organisation
 things can go wrong, cause concern,          expectations, with more than 90% of            It is commendable that we have             A retirement event was held on     as a whole has been significant
 or fall below the expectations of            complaints being responded to within        reached our goal, however it is important   the 28th September, where many       to say the least. Di’s involvement
 our service users and carers.                the national timeframe. The Complaints      that we strive to maintain this position    of her colleagues paid tribute       in so many areas of Trust activity
 It is following these experiences            Team would like to extend their thanks      over the coming year. It is hoped           to the significant contribution      has served to ensure both the
 that complaints may be made.                 to the Borough Governance Managers          that, with the ongoing support of our       she has made to the Trust.           reputation of the organisation and
    Complaints are key indicators for         and all other members of staff who          colleagues, we can maintain this standard     Dr James joined Pennine Care in    galvanised the vital contribution
 service improvement and few can              have contributed to this achievement.       and continue to learn from the valuable     2003 as Medical Director, before     from our excellent clinical teams.
 evaluate our services more than                The rise in the response rate has been    feedback that complaints can provide.       which she was the Medical Director     Needless to say she will be missed
 those who experience them first              due to numerous factors, including:                                                     of Merseycare NHS Trust in 2002      by the Board and her many friends        l Terry McCabe, left and John
 hand. Complaints have, in the past,          the appointment of a permanent              Carol Haydock                               and of Ashworth Hospital in 1998.    and colleagues, and I personally         Archer, right, with Di.
 been perceived in a negative light.          Complaints Investigator, the streamlining   Complaints Manager

                                                                                                                                      Chairman retires                     achievements to the dedication           expressed how dearly he will be

 Volunteers congratulated by the Board                                                                                                Terry McCabe retired from
                                                                                                                                      his post as Chairman at the
                                                                                                                                                                           and commitment of its staff and
                                                                                                                                                                           his colleagues on the Board.
                                                                                                                                                                             During his term with the Trust,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    missed. The Trust wishes him
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    all the best for the future.”

 A lunch was held with members                   Gill Wharton is the Volunteer            with the new Divisional PALS Offices.       end of September. Staff and          Terry played a strong role in staff
 of the Board to present certificates         Coordinator for Stockport and her              Kathleen Dixon, from the                 the Trust Board gathered to          support and also pioneered the
 to the latest cohort of people who           volunteers have been contributing           Communications Department                   pay tribute to the Chairman          Trust’s Protocol agreement, signed
 completed the accredited volunteer           to the delivery of occupational             has developed a ‘brand’ for our             at a moving retirement event         up to by Greater Manchester NHS
 training. It was also an opportunity         therapy on the wards at Stepping Hill.      volunteering and hot off the press          held on the 26th October.            Trusts, Greater Manchester Police
 to thank all our volunteers and              Discussions have been held with the         is a poster which we will be using             Terry joined the Trust since      and the Crown Prosecution Service,
 those involved in supporting them.           organisation that will be operating         across the Trust’s footprint, together      its inception in April 2002 prior    to tackle abuse against NHS staff.
    Pennie Friel is the coordinator for       the new café at the entrance to the         with leaflets. The leaflets give a bit      to which he served as Chair of         John Archer said, “Terry has
 the accredited training and will be          mental health unit in Stockport, with       more information about volunteering         West Pennine Health Authority        demonstrated tremendous
 starting a new course in October, in         the outcome that we will be managing        with the Trust and also point out           and was on the Board of Greater      leadership and brought a wealth
 Bury and in Stockport in May 2008.           the volunteer input for that service.       that the Trust actively encourages          Manchester Ambulance Service.        of experience to his role. He has
    Pennie is now also working on a              We are also currently working            volunteering as a pathway for                  Terry commented on the            offered a great deal of support to
 programme to provide an induction day        closely with Glenys Ogden and Liz           future employment if that’s what            significant improvements the         myself and my colleagues on the
 geared specifically to our volunteers.       Lawton to establish the scheme              people would like to achieve.               Trust has made over the past         Board and has made a significant         l David Curtis and John
 The first will be held in January 2008 and   in Rochdale and Oldham.                                                                 five years and attributed the        impact among staff who have              Archer with Terry.
 there will be eight sessions a year held        Jim Gosney from the Patient Advice       Lillian Yates
 between the North and South divisions.       and Liaison Service (PALS) office           PALS/Voluntary Services Manager
    Lynette Whitehead, the Volunteer          coordinates the volunteer scheme
 Coordinator for our pilot Borough            within Trust Headquarters and will be       l The Volunteers with members
 Tameside, has now achieved the target
 of an initial 12 volunteers; some of
                                              recruiting PALS Volunteers to work          of the Trust Board.                         And welcomes…                          He started his career as a trainee
                                                                                                                                                                           accountant with British Gas then
 whom are pictured. Lynette has been                                                                                                   The Trust is pleased to             moved to FEB Ltd. (subsidiary of
 encouraged by the positive reaction of                                                                                               announce the appointment of          Sandoz) where he worked in the
 all staff involved with the scheme who                                                                                               a new Chairman, by the NHS           UK and overseas. John then worked
 have developed creative, meaningful                                                                                                  Appointments Commission,             for Terosyl Ltd, Bury for a short
 role descriptions and have given time to                                                                                             to serve on its Board.               period before taking up the position
 the recruitment interview also putting                                                                                                 John Schofield has been            as Financial Director of Seddon
 the applicants at ease. We now have                                                                                                  appointed for a four year            Atkinson Vehicles Ltd (subsidiary
 volunteers on the adult acute wards,                                                                                                 period which commenced on            of FIAT Ltd). In 1999, he was
 in the older people’s service, child and                                                                                             the 1st November 2007.               promoted to Managing Director.
 family services and in the community.                                                                                                  John is a qualified accountant       John is delighted with his new
    Allison Byrne is the Volunteer                                                                                                    and has held many senior             appointment as it enables him to
 Coordinator for Bury and some                                                                                                        financial and general                “give something back” by applying his
 of her volunteers who presently                                                                                                      management positions in his          management skills in the development
 work closely with her at Choices                                                                                                     40 + years career to date.           of the Trust at such an exciting time.
 were also at the lunch.
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 10th October 2007                                                                                                                                                                Black and Minority Ethnic Staff Network launched
 World Mental Health Day celebrations                                                                                                                                             Pennine Care NHS Trust was pleased
                                                                                                                                                                                  to launch its Black and Minority
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              UK Black History Month exists to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              increase awareness of the contributions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We are grateful to the University of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Manchester, Rochdale Heywood and
 Various events were held across            OLDHAM: Staff at the Phoenix                                                                                                          Ethnic Staff Network (BMESN) at             that BME people have made and also to       Middleton Primary Care Trust, and Care
 the Trust’s footprint to celebrate         Centre in Oldham, along with a                                                                                                        a high profile event at Dukinfield          celebrate the many successes of people      Services Improvement Partnership for
 World Mental Health Day. Here              number of community groups                                                                                                            Town Hall on the 17th October.              from BME backgrounds.                       their contribution to this event, and of
 are some of the highlights                 presented a spectacular evening                                                                                                          The Trust was especially honoured        With this strategic timing, we hope to:     course to Julie-Jaye Charles for lending
 from this year’s celebrations.             of dance for all the family at                                                                                                        to welcome keynote speaker,                 l raise awareness of the network            such a prestigious air to the event.
                                            Chadderton Town Hall, Oldham.                                                                                                         Julie-Jaye Charles, Chief Executive         within and beyond the Trust                    Trust Chief Executive, John Archer
 BURY: A Mental Health Awareness               The ‘Dance Spectacular’ evening                                                                                                    Director of Equalities National             l share good practice around cultural       said, “The Trust is fully committed to
 stall was held in the Millgate Shopping    was part of World Mental Health                                                                                                       Council and Ministerial Adviser.            competency, diversity and equality          the network’s ongoing development
 Centre to provide information about        Day celebrations to raise awareness                                                                                                      The Trust is seeking to develop          l show our ongoing commitment               and success, and this formal launch
 services and support available in          of the positive contribution                                                                                                          greater diversity within the organisation   to valuing diversity and BME staff          is an important part of this.”
 Bury. The stall was well attended          people from Oldham’s mental                                                                                                           as a service provider and as an                Workshops were held on the day to
 with approximately 1,000 visitors.         health community make.                                                                                                                employer. In terms of ethnic diversity,     reflect the above themes, facilitated by    l David Curtis, Director of Nursing
     Additionally, CHOICES held a              There was something for everyone                                                                                                   we recognise that promoting and             people with a wealth of knowledge           and Integrated Governance and
 ‘Coffee and Cream Team’ event.             on the night, from Old Time sequence                                                                                                  supporting the Black and Minority           regarding mental health, race equality,     Mansoor Shah, Non-Executive
 Staff were on hand to discuss services     to Polish Folk, Oriental Belly dancing to                                                                                             Ethnic Staff Network (BMESN) is             cultural competency, diversity, inclusion   Director with Julie-Jaye Charles.
 and support available to individuals.      gyrating Jitterbugs where young and                                                                                                   a crucial part of achieving this.           and good practice in these areas.
 Over 120 people visited the premises       old spectated as well as participated.                                                                                                   Nationally, the aims of BME
 leading to a busy but enjoyable day.          Adult and Community Services                                                                                                       Staff Networks include:
     Both these events were ‘manned’ by     run the Phoenix Centre jointly in                                                                                                     l Working towards having a diverse
 volunteers and staff from the statutory,   partnership with Pennine Care NHS                                                                                                     workforce at all levels of the NHS
 voluntary and independent sector.          Trust. The centre provides a service                                                                                                  l Celebrating the success
 Their aim was to promote mental            for people who experience mental                                                                                                      of BME individuals
 health recovery and wellness               health problems by offering group                                                                                                     l Providing a place for BME staff to
 and to raise the general public’s          and individual support, and also                                                                                                      have their own debate about current
 awareness of mental health                 has a specialised team which helps                                                                                                    NHS issues in order to affect future
 issues and reduce its stigma.              individuals to return to employment.                                                                                                  service developments and strategies

                                                                                                                                       Photograph courtesy of Oldham Advertiser
     From all the extremely positive        Social inclusion and recovery are                                                                                                     including those for staff development.
 feedback received from all the events,     central to the ethos of the centre.                                                                                                      These positive aims have the
 it is safe to say that Bury had a very         Sandra Doherty, event organiser                                                                                                   full support of the Pennine Care
 successful World Mental Health Day.        and deputy manager at the Phoenix                                                                                                     Trust Board, and in last 18 months,
     Helen Carson Head of Social Care       Centre said, “We are so excited                                                                                                       the Trust’s BMESN has gone
 Commented: “World Mental Health            about the enthusiasm of people for                                                                                                    from strength to strength.
 Day in Bury celebrated recovery from       events like this in Oldham. It’s great                                                                                                   It is no coincidence that this launch
 mental illness and challenged public       that so many people are getting                                                                                                       took place in October – which is Black
 perceptions around mental health.          together, getting active and dancing                                                                                                  History Month. Black History Month first
 On behalf of Pennine Care NHS Trust        together for a great cause.”                                                                                                          began in the UK in London in the late
 and Adult Care Services I would like          On the day, several schools                                                                                                        1980’s, and since then has increasingly
                                                                                        l Top: Raising awareness in Bury.
 to thank all those who work so hard        joined in on a dance-a-thon to                                                                                                        been celebrated throughout the UK.
                                                                                        Middle: Getting into the groove.
 to achieve such a successful day”.         raise mental health awareness.              Bottom: Mayor Ann Wingate and
                                                                                        Sandra Doherty join in the fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Back by popular demand …
 Personal safety highlighted during SAM                                                                                                                                           Your chance to win a week’s annual leave!
  To mark the NHS Security Awareness        be tolerated. The posters, which are        provide Personal Safety training. It is                                                   As part of Pennine Care’s                   winner will be granted an extra             the Trust intranet, or from the FT
 Month (SAM) in November, the               refreshed every two months, highlight       vital that all staff attend regular training                                              Foundation Trust bid, we                    week’s paid annual leave.                   Project Office, tel: 0161 604 3374.
 Trust once again focused on                the need to risk-assess and follow          updates, as well as become familiar with                                                  once again need your help to                   To enter, simply ask your partner,
 raising staff awareness of personal        the Staff Working Alone Policy.             the relevant policies and procedures.                                                     assist us in recruiting public              friend or a family member(s) to             The closing date is Friday
 safety and security issues.                   Joe Preshur, Pennine Care Local              Now that the evenings are darker,                                                     members to our Trust.                       complete the official prize draw            25th January 2008.
   The Trust’s Think campaign continues     Security Manager Specialist (LSMS) is       it is especially important to report                                                        Following the success of our              membership form. The more
 to be promoted, and has led to the
 development of a series of posters,
                                            available to offer advice and to carry
                                            out security and risk assessments in
                                                                                        any faults to external lighting, plus
                                                                                        any other issues that may put people
                                                                                                                                                                                  summer campaign, we are
                                                                                                                                                                                  repeating the staff incentive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              members you introduce, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              greater your chances of winning.                Happy
 each giving a clear message that
 verbal or physical aggression will not
                                            your area. Chris Nelson, Personal Safety
                                            Promotion Officer, is also available to
                                                                                        at risk, the Estates Maintenance
                                                                                        Helpdesk, tel: 0161 604 3030.
                                                                                                                                                                                  by inviting you to take part in
                                                                                                                                                                                  a prize draw, where the lucky
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Full details, including forms,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              are available to download from                  recruiting!
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Trust attracts more members                                                                                            Riddle-solver donates winnings
                                                                                                                       A winner of a Greater Manchester
The FT Project Team has been              Three members of the FT project                                              competition run by the Bible Society,
extremely active in recruiting          team attended the Stockport MIND                                               donated her winnings to the
members from our local                  AGM on the 24th September,                                                     Oldham Substance Misuse Service.
community to join the Trust.            organised by the Stockport and                                                    Barbara Raynor-Taylor, a nurse
                                        District Association for Mental Health.                                        from Royal Oldham Hospital, was the
                                        Twenty-one new members were                                                    winner of a unique competition that
                                        recruited including Richard Wickison,                                          teased commuters from across Greater
                                        General Manager and Dr Mehta,                                                  Manchester earlier in the summer.
                                        Chairman. The Mayor of Stockport,                                              The scratchcard competition, The Riddle
                                        June Somekh also attended this event.                                          of Life, was run by the Bible Society during
                                          Tameside and Glossop Association of                                          summer. It was based on solving seven
                                        MIND organised an event at the Ashton                                          biblical riddles that were advertised across
                                        Town Hall to mark World Mental Health                                          Greater Manchester on hundreds of
                                        Day on the                                 l Above: Lisa Howarth, Membership   billboards and bus shelters, as well as on
                                        10th October 2007. This was a              & Communications Officer, dresses   trams, buses, taxis and even beer-mats.
                                        fantastic event with stalls, art, music,   up at the Ashton Town Hall event.   The eventual winner would get to choose
                                        drama, tai chi and belly dancing.                                              which local good cause they would like
l Louise Bishop, Karen Byrne,           Eight staff members from the                                                   the prize money of £7,000 to go to.
Laura Dunmore, Lisa Howarth and         Trust attended and recruited                                                      Barbara Raynor-Taylor’s son
Chris Round at Etherow Park.            61 new members.                                                                experimented with drugs and as she felt
                                          We are pleased to announce                                                   the Oldham Substance Misuse Service
On Sunday, the 23rd September,          that we now have 2,500 members                                                 is doing such a great job in the area,
the Trust attended the Stockport        who will have the opportunity                                                  she wanted to give them a helping
Alzheimer’s Society’s Memory Walk       to influence how mental health                                                 hand. Thanks to Barbara, the Oldham            l Pictured with the symbolic giant 2p piece signifying the donation is Tony Lilley, Social
at Etherow Park, Compstall. This is     services are developed locally.                                                Substance Misuse Service will really           Worker from Oldham SMS, with Sue Green, Bible Society and Barbara Raynor-Taylor.
an annual event which was a great                                                                                      benefit from the kind donation.
success for the six staff members       l Right: Karen Byrne and Nicola                                                   Tony Lilley, a Social Worker from the       This donation will help us to continue          It will also enable us to continue
who recruited 78 new members.           Grimley bang the drums.                                                        Oldham Substance Misuse Project, said:         to offer our services to people living in     to offer support to their families.
                                                                                                                       ”We’re delighted to receive this very          Oldham. We’ll be able to go on helping        We’d like to say thank-you to
                                                                                                                       generous donation in recognition of            those with substance misuse problems          Barbara Raynor-Taylor and to the
                                                                                                                       our work.                                      to make positive changes in their lives.      Bible Society for this gift”.

Oldham celebrates diversity at the Disability Awareness Day
Staff from the Community                and Tina Oliver (Project Workers from
                                                                                                                         Cannabis Awareness Week
Mental Health Team at Beeches           Hollies Resource Team and volunteers).                                           Oldham Substance Misuse Service,              people’s workers were unaware of
and the Hollies Resource Team             It was a fun and information-                                                  in collaboration with Connexions,             the risks cannabis may have on young
delivered a workshop on mental          packed event about current issues on                                             the Early Intervention Team and the           people and their mental health.
health services/issues on the           disability, equality and the different                                           University of Manchester (MIDAS),                The Cannabis Awareness Week
2nd August 2007 at the Queen            services that are provided for the                                               held a Cannabis Awareness Week                was a pilot project which they would
Elizabeth Hall in Oldham.               diverse communities of Oldham.                                                   between the 5th – 12th October.               like to repeat in the future on a larger
   The event, which was presented       There were information stands                                                       Due to reports and research which          scale incorporating other teams and
by Adult & Community Services for       at the event with staff and other                                                highlights the increased prevalence           professions as well as including other
free – ‘Independent living services’    professionals on hand to offer advice                                            of cannabis use amongst young                 drugs that affect people’s mental health.
– celebrated diversity at the Oldham    on disability and mental health services                                         people with mental health problems,              Featured in the photograph is the
disability awareness day. Various       to service users/carers, volunteers                                              the purpose of the week was to                large two pence piece, a symbol
workshops were held on the day          and members of the community.                                                    raise awareness among services                of the donation made to Oldham
along with drama and music.               Everyone who attended gave positive                                            that work with young people.                  SMS by Barbara Raynor-Taylor (see
   The mental health awareness          feedback on the event, especially                                                   During the week, Oldham SMS                the above article). In making the
workshop was delivered in partnership   on the mental health workshop                                                    presented to a total of 72 professionals,     donation to the service, Barbara
with Salim Khan (Approved Social        facilitated by the above colleagues.                                             ranging from teachers and learning            requested some of the money is spent
Worker/Care Manager/BME from            For further information, please contact:   l Salim Khan (ASW/Care                mentors at secondary schools, to the          on cannabis awareness as she was             l Marlon West, Dual Diagnosis
Beeches CMHT) and Michael Castle                                                   Manager, the Beeches) and             YMCA, Kick Start and other teams              aware of the increasing problem.             Nurse at Oldham SMS (right) in
(Mental Health Social Worker/BME from   Beeches CMHT, 0161 909 8060                Mohammed Islam (Project Worker,       within Connexions. The feedback                  Oldham SMS would like to                  front of one of the information
Maple House) and Mohammed Islam         Maple House CMHT, 0161 344 8000            the Hollies) at the event.            from the team’s work over the week            thank everyone involved in                   stands with Martin Sutton,
                                                                                                                         has been very positive as many young          making this event a success.                 Connexions Centre Manager.
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Trust awards spectacular
On 23rd November at the                      Prize Winners
Queen Elizabeth Hall in Oldham,
Pennine Care NHS Trust,                      Claire Hodgson Nursing Excellence      Individual Excellence
staged its third and finest yet              Award (For nurses without a            Award for Direct Care:
annual Awards spectacular.                   professional qualification)             9 Samantha Evans, Support

   As over 400 members of staff, family      North Division Winner:                 Time and Recovery Worker,
and friends poured into the richly            1 Lee Birchenough, Technical          Recovery and Inclusion Team,
decorated hall, they soaked up the           Instructor, Phoenix Centre, Oldham     Heathfield House, Stockport
festive atmosphere, and settled down to      South Division Winner:
celebrate achievements, toast each other’s    2 Ben Hulme, Nursing Assistant,       Individual Excellence Award
success, and dance the night away.           Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport      for Support Services:
   Executive Director of Nursing and         Specialist Services Division Winner:   10 Carol Haydock, Complaints Manager,

Integrated Governance, David Curtis,          3 Diane Tatlock,                      Clinical Governance Department,
was Master of Ceremonies, whilst             Nursing Assistant, Stansfield          Trust Headquarters
newly appointed Trust Chairman, John         Place, Rochdale
Schofield, presented the awards.              4 Overall Winner: Lee Birchenough     Equality and Diversity Award:
   Also at the ceremony, some                                                       11   CAMHS BME Project
members of staff were recognised for         Claire Hodgson Nursing Excellence
25 years’ service with Pennine Care          Award (For nurses with a               Social Inclusion Award:
and its predecessor Trusts. This is an       professional qualification)            12 Social Inclusion Team,

extraordinary achievement and the            North Division Winner:                 Chadderton Court, Oldham
Trust thanked these individuals for their     5 Dawn Parker, Deputy Clinical

commitment to the service and the NHS.       Lead, Irwell Unit, Bury                Above and Beyond Award:
   During his closing remarks, John          South Division Winner:                 13 Jackie Kindell, Speech and

said, ‘Although the award winners             6 Julia Kilfoyle, Acting Ward         Language Therapy Manager,
deserve our warmest congratulations,         Manager, Warren Ward, Stepping         The Meadows, Stockport
I am conscious of the fact that the          Hill Hospital, Stockport
Trust has so many members of staff           Specialist Services                    Lifetime Achievement Award:
who, although not recipients of a            Division Winner:                       14 Joyce Parkinson, Clinical Pathway

trophy tonight, continue to enhance          7  Joyce Parkinson,                    Manager, Heathfield House, Stockport
the image of Pennine Care by virtue of       Clinical Pathway Manager,
their dedication and professionalism.        Heathfield House, Stockport            Team of the year:
I’d like to extend my thanks and             Overall Winner:                        15 Orchard House Day Hospital,

appreciation to every one of you.’           8 Joyce Parkinson                      Oldham
   The Trust would like to thanks
its sponsors – CSIP (Care Services               1                 2                 3                    4

Improvement Partnership),
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough
Council and Oldham Metropolitan
Borough Council – for making such
a brilliant evening possible.

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