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A new community survey has just been launched as part of South London Listens to help find the solutions to the impact Covid-19 has had on the mental health of our communities.
We continue to see patients at all our sites, as well as in their homes, and have a number of measures in place to ensure our sites are Covid secure, including the wearing of face masks and coverings, deep cleaning, one-way signage and cleaning stations.
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.
Having joined the Trust as Director of Nursing and Quality Standards in May 2016, Vanessa Ford became Acting Chief Executive in August 2019. She was made Chief Executive in October 2020.
Vanessa has a wealth of experience, and in 2016, returned to the organisation where she completed her training more than 20 years ago, having previously been both Interim Director of Nursing and Quality Assurance and Deputy Director of Nursing and Practice at Devon Partnership NHS Trust as well as Director of Nursing Standards and Governance at West London Mental Health NHS Trust.
Vanessa is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and member of the Royal College of Nursing.
Amy is currently the Acting Director of Strategy and Commercial Development.
Amy joined the Trust in 2015 as the Deputy Director of Strategy and Commercial Planning before moving into the Director role in 2018. Amy has worked in south London for several years. Prior to joining the Trust Amy’s most recent role was as a Divisional Director for Community Services at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust focusing on business development, performance and service improvement. Amy’s previous roles include work with Wandsworth PCT around performance and research and as a Senior Research Capability Fellow at London South Bank University. With a background in evaluation and research, Amy brings an interest in service redesign, development and transformation to the Director of Strategy and Commercial Development role.
We asked Sarah about her experiences working as a mental health nurse here at the Trust:
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.
I have worked as a support worker previously with children and adults with learning difficulties.
I am passionate about working to support others and teaching which has always been an interest of mine.
I love the hands on work and learning something new everyday working with patients aswell as alongside my colleagues
People with mental health problems can snap out of it or change if they tried hard enough.