5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Equality & Diversity Inclusion Unit

The 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust set up an equality and diversity inclusion unit, providing support to staff, service users, carers and stakeholders on patient and public involvement, equality and diversity and social inclusion. This supported the Trust in building a diverse workforce which reflects the communities it serves and in promoting an environment characterised by dignity and mutual respect.

NHS Challenge - A Year of Games

After a very successful 2011 at 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, the Trust has embarked on ‘a year of games’ in the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games. The focus this year is to coordinate or interact with an event which can involve as many members of staff from the Trust as possible, this overview shows what is being planned in the coming months and what is involved.

Assistant Practitioners and Administering Medicines

In order to gain a fuller picture of current practice, and to provide updated guidance for organisations, the North West Workforce Modernisation Hub (and NHS North West) commissioned Firefly Research and the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York to carry out a scoping study into the administration of medicines by Assistant Practitioners in the North West. The research report has now been published and is accompanied by this Hot Topic as a means of summarising the report for eWIN.

Leading for Success

This case study explores the work undertaken by 5BP to develop managers and leaders at the Trust, ensuring that development is aligned to the Trust’s strategic objectives. In early 2009, the Trust developed a Leadership Development Framework, including leadership competences and leadership and management development programmes. The activity has enabled the Trust to align leadership development to the pursuit of Trust objectives, and has attracted considerable interest from both clinical and non-clinical staff in the Trust.

Mental Health Service Users' Involvement in Staff Training

5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (5BP) is based in Warrington, Cheshire, and specialises in Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Community Services.The Trust set up a Service Users and Carers Presentation Skills Group in November 2010, composed of mental health service users and carers. Members of this group are given the opportunity to contribute to the Trust’s strategy for future care pathways and to critique and influence comprehensive training packages, before staff commence training. Thus their role has a major impact on the learning and development of staff.

Rapid Access Physiotherapy: Reducing Musculoskeletal Sickness Absence

In 2010 Five Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust was reported to have an absence rate of nearly 7%, with musculoskeletal sickness absence accounting for 17% of this.A new physiotherapy manager reviewed the existing physiotherapy service at the Trust in the last quarter of 2010 and implemented a number of changes in 2011 in order to improve the service. The new system was based on the principles of rapid access and the results have been extremely positive.