Thank you to everyone who attended our first virtual Annual Members Meeting. We successfully live streamed the event, but if you missed it don’t worry – you can either watch the video in full or choose a section from the table below (we’ve added timestamps for each part).
|Chairman, Professor Michael Brown||Welcome||0:00 – 1:52|
|Chief Executive, Karen Howell||Feedback from our service users and their families|
Review of the year, including the Trust’s response to COVID-19
|1:53 – 17:17|
|Chief Financial Officer, Mark Greatrex||Financial Review, including Capital spend and financial priorities going forward||17:18 – 27:18|
|Chief Nurse, Paula Simpson||Quality Report – this section of the presentation is structured around: Safety, Person Centred Care and Effectiveness||27:19 – 40:03|
|Director of Corporate Affairs, Alison Hughes||Report from Council of Governors, including an overview of activity throughout the year and a review of the Trust’s Membership Programme||40:04 – 52:48|
|Chairman, Professor Michael Brown||Closing||52:51 – 56:32|
Please note that no questions were sent in advance to the meeting. Below are the questions asked following the meeting. If you would like to ask a question, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q1: I appreciate there are legal obligations but why is it necessary for such a lengthy Annual Report with the environmental and cost implications when 190 pages are printed? Am I to assume that the Trust is concerned as it is unlikely that anyone will read it thoroughly, inevitably leading to an inadequate scrutiny of future plans?
A1: The annual report for NHS Foundation Trusts comprises a number of separate reports including the full and detailed financial statements and accounts. Each year NHS Improvement publishes the Annual Reporting Manual (ARM) which sets out guidance for NHS Foundation Trusts on the production of Annual Reports and Accounts. All NHS Foundation Trusts must produce their reports in this way and publish it to allow scrutiny of operations and outcomes.
We produce the Annual Report as a digital report available on our Trust website. We do not print hard copies and in order to lay it before Parliament we also send it electronically to the Parliamentary Clerk. Whilst we appreciate this does not reduce the length of the document (to the reader) we hope it provides assurance that printing costs are not incurred.
In previous years we have produced a summary Annual Report and this is an option we will consider again for wider distribution to our membership and community.
Q2. What is the trust doing about black lives matter agenda and race equality.
A2. The trust has made a commitment to improving the working lives of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues through its Inclusion Strategy. This year, we have relaunched our BAME Staff Network which has been very successful, with many BAME colleagues attending on a regular basis to share their experiences and have the opportunity to speak directly to a Board Member about their concerns. We have discussed the impact of COVID-19 on the BAME community, as well as the Black Lives Matter agenda and the importance of sharing the experience of BAME colleagues to enable us to improve our performance. We are currently working with the members of the network on our Workforce Race Equality Action Plan, which will set out specific actions we will take to both increase the representation of our BAME community in our workforce, but also to improve the experience at work across areas such as recruitment, disciplinary and grievance processes and access to training and development.
As we begin to bring our services back online following the pause for COVID-19, we are reviewing the impact of these plans on the BAME population to ensure we consider any issues of access to these services. We have an Inclusion Partnership Forum with representatives from a range of community groups, which helps us in identifying these issues, but we are also seeking to engage with the BAME community forum that the Council has successfully put in place, to provide another opportunity to test out directly with the people we serve, how we can improve our services for them.