On Wednesday 15th September the Trust held their Annual Members Meeting and were delighted to see so many of our Foundation Trust members and members of the public join us.
Our Chair, Peter Molyneux commenced the meeting with the formal proceedings and we heard from our Chief Executive, Samantha Allen on the achievements of the Trust over the last 12 months.
Sam reflected looking back to April 2021 and how the Trust had begun to see the early impact of the global pandemic. It's a time we will never forget and it is important to acknowledge what a challenging year it has been and gave the trusts heartfelt condolences to those who have been impacted during this pandemic. Sam went on to highlight the achievements of the Trust including how occupational therapy has kept people well, the launch of numerous activity programmes, the expansion of the Sussex Mental Healthline to a 24/7 service for people needing urgent help, the launch of the E-wellbeing service for children, the Learning for the Future Project, our Silver Award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, the launch of Staff in Mind and many more. Sam also gave a special thanks to our locally retired colleagues who came back to work with us during the pandemic, and Sussex 4x4 responses service who helped the Trust transport thousands of PPE equipment across our services.
Our Chief Finance Officer, Sally Flint presented the Trusts Annual Report and Accounts and acknowledged the positive investment in mental health services during the 2020/21 year. Members had the opportunity to ask questions and these focused on supporting veterans, staffing gaps and retention, the implications on mental health services following the government announcing a large investment for NHS, and looking ahead and whether there is any optimism.
You can click on the following links for the papers and the minutes of this meeting will be available online here as part of the Council of Governors meeting papers for their meeting taking place on 18 October 2021.
After the formal proceedings members had the opportunity to join one of three discussion forums focused on the following topics; Eliminating concerns around the restrictions lifting, nature and wellbeing and loneliness. A summary of these forums is available to read here.