Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Friday 24th April 12 noon

Meeting with Mental Health Trust Chief Executive

Cllr Gordon-Bullock and myself as chair & vice-chair of the Health & Well Being Scrutiny Committee met with Judy Wilson the new Chief Executive of the South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust and Mark Clenaghan the Service Director for Sutton & Merton.

 This meeting served two purposes: to meet the new chief executive on an informal basis and to discuss the Trust’s Annual Health Check declaration.

Ms Wilson informed us that they were going to declare non compliance on the areas around infection control. We were advised that although hospital acquired infection rates at the trust were very low, there were not sufficiently robust governance procedures in place to be able to declare compliance. The measures being put in place to address these issues were explained to us and Stuart & I felt that there was no need for our committee to take this any further than requesting an update on progress later in the year.

 Ms Wilson & Mr Clenaghan highlighted the implications of the National Dementia Strategy and it was felt that this might be a good area for future scrutiny as it impacted on social services too.

 We discussed the relationship between the Health Scrutiny Committee and the Mental Health Trust and it was refreshing to hear Ms Wilson’s aim to be fully co-operative with the committee and that she was open to working with us to develop a good relationship; seeing the scrutiny committee as a ‘critical friend’. As the committee is currently focussing on mental health I am hopeful that we can build on this new relationship to get the best out of the service.

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May 31, 2009 - Posted by | Meeting

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