The Trust held its Annual General Meeting at the CEME Centre in Rainham yesterday.
The AGM was an opportunity to hear about achievements the Trust has made over the past financial year and look ahead to the next 12 months. Around a hundred people attended the event, including staff, stakeholders, patients and governors.
Chair Joe Fielder opened the AGM and welcomed the attendees before handing over to Chief Executive John Brouder to provider his overview of the year.
Executive Director of Finance Barry Jenkins delivered the Financial Review of 2016/17 and looked ahead to next year and then Chief Nurse Stephanie Dawe spoke about the Quality Account 2016/17.
(Above: Chair Joe Fielder giving the opening address at the AGM)
As well as presentations from the board, this year’s AGM saw two inspirational speakers from Staff Networks give the attendees an account of their experiences of being a part of the networks. Nicole Sewell spoke about her journey at NELFT and her pride in working for the Trust, and Adebola Ola-Stuart talked about the positive impact the LGBT+ Network has made.
(Nicole Sewell talking about the Ethnic Minority Network)
To close the event, there was an opportunity for staff, patients and members of the public to put questions to the Chair Joe Fielder and leaders from across the organisation.
The event also featured 17 information stalls from across a range of services that the Trust provides, including the Aubrey Keep library, Stop Smoking services (pictured below), the staff networks and the quality improvement programme.
Attendees also had the opportunity to receive a flu vaccination – which 27 staff opted to take.
Chief Executive John Brouder said: “I am honoured to be leading such a fantastic organisation. We have so much to be proud of at NELFT, we have a workforce that strives for innovation, our staff networks are award winning and we have over 4,000 employees that are enabled to work agilely – which we believe to be the most in the NHS.
“Of course we face daily challenges, like the rest of the healthcare sector, but with an innovative approach and well-controlled finances we can continue to deliver high-quality healthcare to patients across north east London, Essex and Kent.”
Before the event began, the meeting was treated to music provided by a group featuring one of NELFT’s employees. Sidrah Muntaha is a clinical psychologist at Sunflowers Court and sang while accompanied by Louise Elliott and Yousuf Ali Khan from the Grand Union Orchestra.