Martin Howell

Chairman Martin Howell oversaw proceedings at the Annual General Meeting held at Unipart last month.


The great work by the trust over the past year and its aims for the one ahead were discussed at the annual general meeting last month.

The event was an opportunity for people working from all over the trust, as well as members of the public, to come together and discuss the work being done by the organisation.

Chief Executive Officer Stuart Bell, CBE, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people coming out to participate and take part in the AGM this year.

“This event is so important for the trust as it allows us the chance to publicly thank our staff, Governors, foundation trust members for their hard work and the public for their support in a year that has been busier for all of us.

“Expectations of quality of the care we provide have rightly risen while finances remain tight, but over the past year we have continued to strive to provide better and better services to our patients.”

Mr Bell’s sentiments were echoed by Chairman of the Board Martin Howell (pictured above), who oversaw proceedings on the night, who praised the trust’s staff for all their hard work and dedication over the past year.

People were able to get a unique insight into the work done by the different services across the trust, with a number of demonstration stalls set out for people to wander around and speak with trust employees and hear fist hand about the roles they do.

More than a hundred people filled the Labrinth Room at Unipart on 11 September to hear the positive messages around the past year’s events and hear Mr Bell talk about the work ahead of the trust over the coming year.

This included the on-going work to remodel the way people experience their care, with routes into treatment focussing on patients and their carers.

He added: “A part of this will include a move to offer greater flexibility and see more services being available seven days a week.”

There were also a number of presentations on the night, from one on specialist dentistry and oral health by Ros Mitchell and her team, to the on-going work of the Kingfisher Team, which sees specialist nurse Lucia Bell from Oxford Health NHS FT working alongside Social Services and Thames Valley Police to combat child sexual exploitation in Oxfordshire.

The last presentation of the evening was from Ros Alstead, Director of Nursing and Clinical Governance at the trust, who spoke about the development of the Whiteleaf Centre in Aylesbury.

Mr Bell said: “The Whiteleaf Centre has been the single largest investment in the trust’s history and is a purpose built campus providing inpatient services for all of Buckinghamshire and community services and a day hospital for Aylesbury Vale.

“It is a fantastic development that encapsulates the vision of the trust, as a progressive organisation committed to providing a first class service to all those in our care across the broad range of services we provide.”