Hampshire residents invited to learn about plans and progress in local NHS
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust is inviting everyone to join its Annual Members Meeting on Thursday 30 September 6pm – 8pm. The event will highlight how the Trust continues to respond to the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, as well as showcase some of the new ways it is supporting patients, carers and staff.
You will have the opportunity to find out about the multimillion-pound investment into major refurbishments to our mental health facilities. This will include Poppy Ward at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, redesigned to accommodate the needs of patients with dementia and their families, as well as Cherry Ward at Parklands Hospital, a new 18 bed facility for women experiencing acute mental illnesses.
Lynne Hunt, Chair of Southern Health, said: “I am looking forward welcoming everyone to this year’s event. It is a great opportunity to talk about the work we are doing, particularly our new initiative to employ people who are carers to their loved ones, so we can learn from them. As well as developing our services to offer environments that enhance recovery, whether that be on our wards or in our community.”
“It’s been such a challenging year for so many people and it’s crucial to pause and reflect on what we have experienced, what we have achieved, and how we move forwards. That’s what this event is all about.”
During the evening Jonathan Pritchard, Associate Director of Housing, will talk about his new role in supporting patients to find suitable accommodation so they don’t remain in hospital any longer than they need. We will also hear from Ali and Chris, Carer Peer Support Workers with lived experience of looking after a relative experiencing a mental illness, about their new developing roles supporting carers of patients in the Community Perinatal Mental Health Service.
Chief Executive, Ron Shields, will also be providing a review of the year. Ron commented, “This will be my second Annual Members Meeting as Chief Executive and it’s a great time to reflect on the last year of incredible work of our staff, particularly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We also welcome the opportunity for you to ask questions to Governors, Executive Board members and staff. Join us to learn about our progress and important plans for 2022.”
In order to minimise contact, this year’s event will be virtual, via Zoom, enabling you to join from the comfort of your living room for free.
A link and an event agenda will be published shortly. We look forward to seeing you there!