Annual Members' Meeting (AMM) 2014

More than 500 people attended our new look Annual Members' Meeting at The IndigO2 on Wednesday 24 September.

This year, many of the traditional stalls were replaced by information towers, allowing additional space for visitors to wander around and enjoy the many exhibitions and demonstrations on view.

The audience was treated to two wonderful performances on stage from the Age UK Bromley & Greenwich ‘Singing for Fun’ choir and colourful drummers from Taru Arts. The choir got the auditorium singing along with classics such as ‘In an English Country Garden’, ‘Clementine’, ‘The Lambeth Walk’ and ‘The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music’.

Our guest speaker was Dr Geraldine Strathdee, National Clinical Director of Mental Health, NHS England and a consultant psychiatrist with Oxleas. She said that Oxleas is a front runner nationally in the field of integrated care and she paid tribute to the trust for the work it does. She added that commissioners today expect care providers to provide physical and mental care in all that they do.

Our Chief Executive, Stephen Firn, gave a brief round-up of how we have performed over the past year. He said that our 3,500 staff covering 20 professions see 30,000 people a year across our 125 sites. He said we are the best NHS provider in the field of staff engagement. Financially the trust’s income in the last financial year was £212.6 million. There was a surplus of £3.2 million and we achieved efficiency savings of £6.4 million. Stephen described some major investment plans for the next few years which include bringing some teams together into “better and fewer” buildings and investment in IT. He said: “We have a fantastic culture with the most committed staff.”

Members were asked to vote on a number of changes to our Constitution. These included a geographical change to our public constituency. Now people can join as a public member throughout England and not only in Bexley Bromley and Greenwich. Another important change is that our Council of Governors can now formally require directors to attend their meetings – 98% of those that voted thought this a good idea.

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