Oxford Health hosted its virtual AMM & AGM on Wednesday, September 22, with Trust Chair David Walker guiding attendees through a packed agenda.
It included the annual, finance and auditor’s reports, presentations, and plenty of opportunities for Governors, members of the Foundation Trust and members of the public to put questions to a panel of speakers. The reports are available on the Oxford Health website here https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/agm/
During the event David Walker expressed his sincere thanks to all staff in the Oxford Health family and recognised the pressures the COVID-19 pandemic has bought, acknowledging there was a lot for the trust to celebrate.
Chief Executive Dr Nick Broughton followed, giving his summary of the year 2020/21, ambitions for the future, and noting the trust had over 1.3 million patient contacts with more than 340,000 of these were in mental health and community care.
After the presentation of annual accounts by Director of Finance Mike McEnaney and the Auditor’s Report from Grant Thornton, Lead Governor Mike Hobbs presented his report changes to the constitution of the Council of Governors.
The AMM & AGM is a chance for the trust to showcase the services Oxford Health provides as an NHS organisation serving the populations of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bath & North East Somerset, Swindon, and Wiltshire. We were delighted to showcase a number of these during the event.
In a 10 minute video COVID Operations Director, Tehmeena Ajmal charted Oxford Health’s role and milestone events as lead provider for large scale vaccination centres in Aylesbury, Reading and Oxford – delivering around 600,000 vaccines.
Recognising the hard work and dedication of the Oxford Health team she explained how partnership working across the wider health and social care system has saved countless lives and prevented so many hospitalisations.
Executive Managing Director for Primary, Community and Dental Care, Dr Ben Riley spoke about plans for developing the future of community services in Oxfordshire.
He noted Oxford Health’s 2,000-strong team deliver services from over 75 sites and undertake over 50,000 appointments per month. He also presented a moving video featuring a patient’s story about the devastating impact of Covid and how the City Community Hospital team are helping in his rehabilitations. “I couldn’t asked for betters,” the patient said of his care.
Director of Research and Development and Chief Medical Officer, Dr Karl Marlowe was joined by the incoming Head of Department of Psychiatry, Prof Belinda Lennox.
Dr Marlowe spoke about research and development initiatives and approaches, while Prof Lennox addressed the importance of collaboration between research and clinical services in a video which also shows the work of the Brain Health Centre.
Finally, Perinatal Mental Health Practitioner Lisa Manser and Service Manager Joseph Madamombe spoke about the award-winning Buckinghamshire Perinatal Mental Health Service and how its skilled team works around the clock to help mothers experiencing mental health concerns through pregnancy and beyond.
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Published: 24 September 2021