Chair Julie Spence praises CPFT staff

Good work of colleagues is hailed, but warning over challenges ahead

Chair Julie Spence praises CPFT staff
14 September 2015

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Trust has doubled in size, and now cares for thousands more patients. But as chair Julie Spence told the Trust’s recent Annual Members' Meeting, there are ongoing challenges involving increased demand, reductions in income, and how local health organisations work together to continue to provide the very best care…

CPFT – and the wider NHS – never stands still, and nor should it.

But since this time last year, we’ve seen some big and important changes.

On April the first, Uniting Care – the partnership between CPFT and Cambridge University Hospitals - took over the running of older people’s community services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Overnight, our Trust almost doubled in size in terms of turnover and the number of people we now employ.

We were transformed into a community and mental health trust. Crucially, it also meant thousands more patients are relying on our expertise.

I want to thank our staff for everything they do.

I have visited many teams and found out at first hand about their successes and the daily challenges they face - and there are many.

I don't underestimate the stresses of working in a public service that is continually under scrutiny and having to evolve as political agendas, available finances and clinical evidence base change.

But they do their jobs with compassion, excellence and good humour. Importantly the really successful teams are flexible and continually challenge themselves to deliver the best services they can within the resources they have.

We remain in straightened times. The effects of the cuts on the public sector are still being felt as keenly here as anywhere else.

Increased demand versus reductions in income continues to provide an ongoing challenge.

CPFT requires team work - but we know that we can’t act alone.

The local health and social care system requires all partners to integrate, to work together, to provide effective, safe, joined-up care for the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

We are only at the beginning of further transformation in our system to enable us to fit our citizens’ health requirements to the county’s over-stretched budget.

We’re not there yet, but I’m confident we’re moving in the right direction.

We will never be able to do everything everyone wants but we will continue to do our best to deliver the most appropriate services to those who need our care.

* This was an extract of Julie Spence's address at the Annual Members' Meeting. This article also appeared in the Cambridge News on Monday, 14 September


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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