In March the Trust emailed out its members asking them to participate in a survey about our business plans and quality objectives for 2013/14. Over 150 people participated and provided some really helpful views about priorities. Your comments were both positive and negative and it's important for the Trust to hear both as this helps us to make sure we are meeting your needs and where we're not, trying to address this.
If you'd like to read a copy of the report including all the comments made, click here (pdf 640kb).
Governors and staff from the Trust attend many community events so that we can talk to you about what's important to you. We also want more people to become members so that we can send out our magazine to keep them informed about what's happening in Sheffield.
The Trust, along with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, hosted a members event on 13th November about dental health and dental phobias. John Davies, a Consultant Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist spoke about the innovative work being undertaken to treat people with dental phobias. He was followed by Peter Bateman, Clinical Director of Community Dental Services and Simon Utting, Consultant in Special Care Dentistry who both spoke about the specialist dental services that are available within Sheffield and how to access them. The evening was taken to a new level when a power cut meant that half of the event was held in the pitch black, other than for a few glowing mobile phones! However, this didn't deter our intrepid speakers who kept calm and carried on. The event was a great success and feedback from attendees was very positive.
If would would like to downlown any of the presentations, just click on the names below.
On October 4th, the Trust, together with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, held a free health talk for members and the public about alcohol. Over 80 people came to hear presentations from the Trust's Substance Misuse Service and from Dr Dermot Gleeson, a liver specialist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.
You can download each presentation by clicking on the links below.
September 24th will be memorable for two reasons: firstly the success of the Annual Members' meeting and secondly for the pouring rain which added a new dimension to the event.
Over 280 people came to help celebrate the success of the Trust and to praise staff and volunteers for their enormous contributions. There were also over 30 services providing information and displaying their work. The event was held at the Mega Centre on Bernard Road, but the unwelcome deluge resulted in a number of leaks and buckets placed strategically throughout the venue! Despite this, people were not put off attending and it was the most successful event the Trust has held.
Professor Alan Walker, Trust Chair, gave a brief presentation on the Trust's performance in 2011/12 and Sue Rogers, Non Executive Director followed by presenting the Awards for Excellence, a celebration of the work of our staff, volunteers and service users. There were five categories and the winners were:
Non Clinical Individual: David Hardy, Post Room Assistant, Fulwood House
Clinical Individual: Matthew Meehan, Care Manager, Wheata Clinic
Clinical Team: Transitions Group Facilitators
Non Clinical Team: Sun:Rise
Volunteers & Service Users: Sue Sibbald, Personality Disorder Project
In addition to the Awards for Excellence, Sally Bramley, Consultant Occupational Therapist won a NHS Heroes Award.
26th July saw Fargate taken over by information stalls, stilt walkers, musicians and so much more promoting and celebrating good mental health. Staff from a variety of services in the Trust, as well as Non Executive Directors Mervyn Thomas and Tony Clayton, fresh from his Trek to Mongolia, turned out to showcase the services available within the Trust. There were also many voluntary sector organisations showcasing their services. Governors from the Trust turned out in force to talk to the public and recruit new members. Over 120 people decided they would like to be a member of the Trust. Throughout the day activities from Zumba to Laughter Yoga were available to the public to show how activities can promote mental wellbeing.
The Trust, in partnership with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Sheffield Children's Hospital, held a talk for Foundation Trust members and the public on eating disorders. Over 100 people attended to hear from Maggie Young and her team, Dr William Bennet and Dr Ruth Dawson. There was information about what an eating disorder is, who is affected by them, how you can spot an eating disorder and the different types of treatments that are available in the city.
If you would like to see what was discussed you can click on the links below to each presentation
Over 200 people turned out and braved an impossibly hot lecture theatre at the Hallamshire Hospital on 29th March to hear from Dr Peter Bowie, Dr Mark Cobb, Dr Peter Lawson and David Reid. It was a great evening with members getting a chance to ask the experts questions about dementia, what it is, how it's diagnosed, available treatments, how people with dementia are cared for when they go into hospital with other conditions and much more. David Reid from the University of Sheffield was there to tell people about a new information pack for people with dementia and their families which will be available later this year.
On 6th December service users, carers, staff and many others came together to talk about spirituality and what it means in terms of people's recovery. The evening was spent considering what spirituality means to different people and looking at initiatives which have taken place both within the Trust and nationally. Mary Ellen Coyte from the National Spirituality Forum shared information about the national perspective as well as talking about the benefits of meditation.
If you would like to see the presentation just click here.
Governors were out and about at the Firth Park Christmas Festival on 1st December, talking to the public and inviting people to become members. There were fireworks, activities and many stalls for get people in the mood for Christmas.
The Trust hosted an evening with Dr Ray Haddock and over 80 members on 6th October. The subject was Personality Disorder and it proved to be hugely popular. Dr Haddock provided an understanding of the term 'personality disorder' and explained different types of treatment. There were a variety of members there from students, members of staff, carers, service users and members of the public. To those of you who attended, thank you for the feedback. It was really helpful - the first thing we've done in bring in the engineers to check out the PA system!
Keep up to date with all the membership activities going on or read our membership magazine by clicking here.
This page was last updated on 23rd April 2013