Chris Butler’s Blog (29 October 2014)

October 30, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Old Friends; new collaborations Last week began with a meeting with Paul Jenkins. Paul and I used to work together in the same team many years ago in the Department of Health and then went our separate ways. Later Paul made a huge national contribution to the development of mental […]

Chris Butler’s Blog (24 October 2014)

October 24, 2014 at 9:16 am

Developing Diversity Health Education England in Yorkshire and the Humber asked me to join a panel to look at applications made to Innov8, see here, for small grant funding to help NHS organisations to develop, and enhance, the contributions of staff from Black and Minority Ethnic Groups to the work […]

Chris Butler’s Blog (17 October 2014)

October 17, 2014 at 11:12 am

“Better late than never” After succeeding in getting my last two weekly messages out early, this week I am running very late!  It has been a very busy few days but I want to start with a few highlights. And the award goes to………… At the end of last week. […]

What is an “Advance Statement”?

October 3, 2014 at 3:22 pm

It is a contingency plan or a ‘wish list’ that a service user writes when they are feeling well, in the event of them not being well.  It should cover what they would like to happen concerning their wellbeing, in addition to choices in care and treatment.  It can let […]

Leeds Service User Network (SUN)

October 3, 2014 at 11:20 am

What is the Leeds Service User Network (SUN)? It’s a monthly get-together for service users, carers and staff to share ideas. The group works hand-in-hand with the Trust in order to improve the services it provides. Leeds SUN meetings are based on the ‘Recovery Principles.’ These include empowerment, acceptance, choice, […]

Chris Butler’s Blog (1 October, 2014)

October 1, 2014 at 3:24 pm

My update this week focuses on our visit this week by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who are on-site to inspect our services. I was joined by colleagues from the Board of Directors on Monday 29 September at a welcome event for the CQC inspectors in the city centre. I […]