Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2013, held on 10 September, attracted over 100 people (staff and members of the public) giving people with an interest in health and local health services the opportunity to share knowledge and expertise and gain a greater understanding about the work the trust is doing to develop its services.

This year, in addition to presenting our Annual Report and Accounts for 2012/13 and the Auditors’ Report to our governors, there were presentations from our staff focusing on the work we are doing on safer patient care and physical and mental health integration.  The formal part of the AGM was preceded by a collection of visual displays and information stands, giving staff the opportunity to showcase their services and enabling learn more about the range of services that the trust provides.  This informal part of the meeting also gave attendees the opportunity to chat to our governors, directors and other staff from across the trust.  The stalls included projects such as the Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury, Talking Space, Healthy Minds, Buckinghamshire Speech and Language therapy and our new partners the Oxford Academic Health Science Network.

Martin Howell, Chairman, opened the formal part of the meeting by welcoming everyone and setting out the agenda for the evening. He was followed by Stuart Bell, CBE, Chief Executive, who talked about some of the improvements and developments made within our services throughout the year. The chairman and members of the board provided an overview of the trust’s performance and achievements during the period 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013. This part of the meeting concluded with a question and answer session giving members of the audience the opportunity to put any questions to members of the board.

The latter part of the meeting featured three presentations focused on patient care, with services presenting the work that was recently shortlisted at the Health Service Journal integrated care awards.  Morag Masson, senior clinical project lead from the Children’s Community Nursing service, talked about Oxfordshire Children’s Acute Care Pathway Project.  The project has helped services provide better care to children, young people and families through extended opening hours for the Clinical Decisions Unit and Community Children’s Nursing service.  It has also led to a more efficient clinical pathway and improved the patient experience.

June Dent from Oxfordshire psychological therapies pathway presented the Heart2Heart project that provides integrated care for cardiac patients with anxiety or depression and their carers.  Dr John Pimm from the Buckinghamshire psychological therapies pathway talked about developing integrated physical and psychological care for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  His presentation featured a short video clip of a patient talking about her life before and after self-management intervention.

Stuart Bell closed the meeting by thanking everyone who attended and all of the participants who had contributed to the meeting.

Our Annual Report and Accounts are available on our website via the following link: https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/?publication=annual-report-2012-13.  We look forward to seeing you at future events. 

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