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New Roles at the Trust

Candy Passmore has recently started with the Trust as Head of Service Marketing, joining us from the voluntary sector.  Candy will be responsible for leading the promotion of Trust services with all our stakeholders (including people who use our services; carers; the general public; governors; commissioners; etc). A key part of her role is enhancing relationships with local and regional media, and promoting the Trust’s vision of ‘banishing stigma, enabling recovery’.

In starting her new role Candy has said:  “My job holds lots of exciting challenges. I feel passionate about promoting the excellent services we provide as a Trust and making sure people know what good work we are doing. There are also lots of opportunities for us to raise awareness about mental health and well-being and tackle the stigma attached to mental illness. I’m looking forward to working with staff to get our messages out there.”

One of Candy’s first tasks was to help co-ordinate the Heath Lane Site Development Open Days in October 2009 at which the new High Dependency Rehabilitation Unit (HDRU) was showcased.  This was well received by staff; local residents; governors and members and a positive article appeared in the local Express and Star newspaper.

Part of Candy’s role is managing internal communications.  The results of the Staff Survey this year clearly highlight the need to improve internal communications with staff across the Trust and Candy has already been out and about as part of her induction getting your ideas of how this can be done – and many of these will be rolled out over coming months.  

Emma Louis who many of you will know as Lead Chaplain, has been appointed as the Trust’s Head of Diversity and Spirituality.  This is a key role and is in line with the Trust’s commitment to valuing diversity.

Emma will lead implementation of the Trust’s Diversity Action Plan, in particular developing and consulting widely on the Trust’s Single Equality Scheme which will cover all strands of equality and should come into effect in June 2010.

Emma said about her new role:

“I’m delighted with the way my role has developed and expanded. Ensuring that the Trust values diversity and promotes equality in all that it does is something I feel very strongly about. I hope I can be part of helping it to happen! Diversity and Spirituality are both about treating people as individuals and with respect and embracing difference, so having these two important areas of work in one post can hopefully strengthen and enhance both. I’m looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

Whilst Emma has extended her responsibilities, she will continue to lead the Chaplaincy Team and the great work they do directly with service users and carers.   
I am sure you will welcome them both into their new roles.

John Campbell
Executive Director of Strategic Planning, Business Development and Partnerships