December 24, 2015 at 12:05 pm

As my last day as Chief Executive of the Trust approaches I thought that I would take the opportunity to offer to some personal reflections. The first is that of gratitude, which is defined as a “sense of being thankful”. As I conclude ten years in the Trust there are […]

Chris Butler’s Blog (06 February 2015)

February 6, 2015 at 1:17 pm

Caring Matters I recently caught up with a carer.  We first met when I joined the Trust and I vividly remember that, despite the best efforts of my colleagues at the time, their experience of trying to get things sorted out for their loved one was not good.  In conversation, […]

Chris Butler’s Blog (19 December 2014)

December 19, 2014 at 11:02 am

No care without carers Last week on Thursday morning I finished my week as the director on call.  Out of office hours, along with having senior clinicians on call, we also have senior managers on-call too.  I take my turn on this rota and it always reminds me that the […]

Chris Butler’s Blog (4 December 2014)

December 5, 2014 at 11:51 am

Listening and responding With Directors I have been spending dedicated time having face-to-face conversations with colleagues.  I did two of these last week – one in Leeds, the other in York.  The original idea was for me to do a presentation followed by an opportunity for questions and answers.  The […]

Chris Butler’s Blog (01 December)

December 2, 2014 at 9:51 am

Making some noise   The Trust is a member of the Foundation Trust Network – now called ‘NHS Providers’ click here for their website.  NHS Providers is a national body that represents the issues facing all NHS Trusts at a national level.  This is a tricky thing to do given […]

Chris Butler’s Blog (24 November 2014)

November 26, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Challenging times In addition to my day job I think that it is important for me to stay professionally connected to what is happening in the wider world. I am a member of the Royal College of Nursing which, as well as working as a trade union for its members, also […]

Chris Butler’s Blog (17 November 2014)

November 17, 2014 at 12:28 pm

New possibilities – York services tender Some of you will be aware that the Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been giving careful thought to the future of mental health and learning disability services in the City of York and its surrounding areas. We have, in partnership with the […]

Chris Butler’s Blog (07 November 2014)

November 7, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Public and private A bit of a theme for me last week was ‘accountability’.  In the Trust we have a small number of sub-committees of our Board of Directors. These are chaired by one of our Non-Executive Directors and, complementary to the work of the Board of Directors, the meetings get […]

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 […]