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    October is Mental Health Month

    Our popular #upliftingimage digital photography competition is now closed and you can vote for your favourite.  The theme this year is Contentment - what does it mean to you. Find out more about the wide range of events happening across SW London this October.

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    Developing world class mental health facilities

    Find out more about our plans to develop two new hospitals at Springfield and Tolworth

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    Help us celebrate one year as a smokefree Trust 

    We are proud to have become a completely Smokefree Trust on the 2nd October 2017. Help us celebrate this achievement by coming along and enjoy a fun day filled with activities, best practice examples, information and light refreshments.

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    Our Quality Awards are back! 

    Do you know someoine who has gone that extra mile? Public nominations for "Patients' Champion Award" and "Mental Health Advocate" are now open. Nominations close on Friday 19 October 2018.

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Philip Murray

Director of Finance and Performance

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Philip joined the Trust, as our permanent Director of Finance and Performance, in March 2017.

Philip is a Certified Accountant with over 30 years of NHS and public sector experience encompassing time within Mental Health, Acute and community providers as well as within the commissioning environment. He has previously managed clinical services within a surgical  services directorate and has brought with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from across the wider NHS.

His position prior to joining the Trust was as Chief Finance Officer covering the two Clinical Commissioning Groups within  Buckinghamshire.

Vanessa Ford

Director of Nursing and Quality Standards

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Vanessa Ford joined the Trust as Director of Nursing and Quality Standards in May 2016.

Vanessa comes to the Trust with a wealth of experience, returning to the organisation where she completed her training more than 15 years ago, having previously been Director of Nursing Standards and Governance at West London Mental Health NHS Trust and both Interim Director of Nursing and Quality Assurance and Deputy Director of Nursing and Practice at Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

In addition to her NHS experience, Vanessa is one of two National Professional Advisors to the CQC for Mental Health Nursing, and is also a Honorary Lecturer at Kings College in London.

Vanessa is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and member of the Royal College of Nursing.

Amy Scammell

Acting Director of Strategy and Commercial Development

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Amy is currently the Acting Director of Strategy and Commercial Development.


Staff Nurse and Preceptee Mentor


We asked Sarah about her experiences working as a mental health nurse here at the Trust:

How long have you been working in mental health?

I have worked as a RMN within the Trust for just over a year but I have previous experience working with those within mental health as a HCA in an acute CAMHS inpatient unit whilst I was a student nurse.

Did you work in any other area before working in mental health?

I have worked as a support worker previously with children and adults with learning difficulties.

Why are you passionate about it?

I am passionate about working to support others and teaching which has always been an interest of mine.

What is one of the best things about working in mental health?

I love the hands on work and learning something new everyday working with patients aswell as alongside my colleagues

What is the one misconception you think is out there about mental health?

People with mental health problems can snap out of it or change if they tried hard enough.


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