Staff were thanked for all they have done to ensure safe, high quality care throughout the pandemic during yesterday’s Board meeting.
Each Board meeting starts with a person’s experience of services and 11-year-old Damson from Bristol with mum Lorna opened the meeting sharing their experience of the Autism Hub which was set up in September. Their conversation included suggestions for improvements which will be followed up by our Children’s Services team.
The importance of hearing the voices of communities and the organisation’s staff is key to the organisation and the development of the People’s Council over the last year was outlined by Chief Executive Janet Rowse.
She told the Board it would ensure the voice of those using services was heard at every level of the organisation and be taken into account in the planning, design and monitoring of services.
The Council will also act as a “critical friend” to the Board in its planning and decision making, be a source of knowledge and experience and represent the people served by Sirona across the different communities of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, she said.
The Board approved the People’s Council’s Charter.
Next steps for the Council include selecting a Chair who will be co-opted to the Board which meets quarterly. Yesterday’s meeting was the first chaired by Amanda Cheesley, who took over the reins from Simon Knighton on 1 April. The meeting was streamed on YouTube and a recording can be watched until May 25.
Janet also thanked staff for the safe transfer of wards at South Bristol Community Hospital over Easter weekend and outlined the latest work developing an Integrated Care System within Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire which is outlined in the White Paper currently going through Parliament.
Vice-Chair Simon MacSorley was confirmed in post for a further year and Barbara Brown was welcomed as a Non-Executive. Barbara will also be taking on the role of Wellbeing Guardian to look at the organisation’s activities to ensure decisions and behaviours do not impact on the wellbeing of colleagues.
Wellbeing is a key theme for the organisation, said Sarah Margetts, Director of People and Development, along with ensuring the voices of staff are heard with a number of initiatives underway.
The digital agenda was outlined by Clive Bassett, Director of Finance who explained the new One Sirona Network being rolled out for use by all staff and the deployment of nearly 1000 laptops over the past few months with hundreds more due over the coming weeks.
Non-Executive Director Paul May outlined the work of the Quality and Outcomes Committee over the last three months and also praised the dedication of staff to deliver services in challenging times.
The anticipated pressure on community services as a result of the second wave of Covid had seen a rapid increase in demand, the Board was told by Jenny Theed, Director of Operations. However waiting list initiatives had recently taken place to reduce delays in discharge. Currently around 500 people discharged from hospital are being supported with rehabilitation at home.