Members welcomed to our Annual Members’ Meeting

Over 450 members joined us at the IndigO2 arena last week for our Annual Members' Meeting (AMM). It was the last AMM for our current Chair, Dave Mellish, who retires at the end of October.

During his speech, he spoke about the growth of the trust, going from 1,800 staff then, to 3,600 now, with an increase in income from £90m to £240m.

His speech was warmly received by the audience, whom he told that success is based on having a shared focus on delivering high quality care. He highlighted how the coming years are likely to be some of the most challenging ever but that Oxleas is in a good position to meet these challenges.

Acting Chief Executive Ben Travis and our Lead Governor Raymond Sheehy took the opportunity during their speeches to thank Dave for his time with Oxleas and acknowledged his significant contribution to the trust.

He will be followed into the role by Andy Trotter OBE QPM, the former Chief Constable of British Transport Police, who brings with him, 40 years' public service.

He's already been working with us during September, visiting sites, getting to know staff and attending board meetings.

We also held our 2015 Staff Recognition Awards where we were able to highlight the individuals and teams who have improved quality and really put our values into action. The winners in each category were:

Having a user focus
Alfred Muana, Shrewsbury Ward, Oxleas House

Carol Paton and Pharmacy Team, Bracton Centre and Queen Mary's Hospital

June Shand, Health Visiting Service (Greenwich), The Fairfield Centre

The Pathways Team, HMP Swaleside

Vicki Smith, Placement Development Manager, Pinewood House

Being responsive
Greenwich Intermediate Care Unit (GICU), Eltham Community Hospital

Leading and inspiring
Catherine Edmeades, Podiatry Clinical Lead, Queen Elizabeth Hospital

This year's winter flu campaign was launched on stage with live injections for nursing director Jane Wells, therapies director Michael Witney, medical director Ify Okocha and acting chief executive Ben Travis. Staff were then invited to go backstage to receive their immunisation with 60 taking it up throughout the day.

Guest speakers this year were Liz Read and Stephen Jones - both were named in the Nursing Times as Rising Stars in recognition of their talent and dedication.

The audience was treated to two uplifting performances on stage from St Paul's Academy choir and Bromley Arts and Music Group - a mix of Oxleas staff and service users.

Staff from all areas of the trust hosted exhibition stands to tell the visitors what they do, where they do it and how they help. Guests were also able to take part in a range of activities including meeting animals used in therapy, trying out new forms of exercise plus art and music.

Published on 8th October 2015