"Wathwood Hospital Governor Ambassador Role"

About: Wathwood Hospital

(as a staff member),

It has been my great pleasure in having firstly met Steve Ball (General Manager of Wathwood Hospital) and secondly having had the opportunity to meet patients and staff at Wathwood

What I feel Wathwood offers is a very much recovery focuses in-patient facility. The work that Wathwood is doing in terms of helping patients to move forward on their recovery journey is astounding.

I have had the opportunity to hear from staff and patients at Wathwood and have witnessed how staff and patients work so well together in supporting many of the initiatives in the unit.

It has been my absolute pleasure to have met many of the patients at Wathwood and I have been most impressed by their drive and positive attitude to recovery and moving forward.

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to witness the enthusiasm from patients that are working within the Farm Shop and Section 17. The excellent work that both the patients and the staff do in providing these opportunities is so valuable.

I am therefore sad to have to step down as Governor Ambassador to Wathwood due to changes in my working practice and of course as we move towards Foundation Trust status; elections will need to be held again to appoint a new set of people for the governing body.

I would like to say a real big thank you to the patients and staff at Wathwood for making the last few months so enjoyable. Having witnessed the excellent work that is happening at Wathwood I believe many of the services and wards should be modeled on the work and ethos that Wathwood represents.

With all good wishes for the future to the patients and staff at Wathwood best wishes Tim

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Response from Jane Danforth, Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

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Dear Tim

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication in your role as Governor Ambassador to Wathwood.

I have shared your posting with Wathwood staff as I know they will be very sad to lose your input. It is heartenening to read about the service provided and their recovery focus to move people forward in their lives.

Good luck in the future and once again, thank you.

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Response from Philip Dickinson, Ward Manager and Involvement Lead, Wathwood Hospital, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

I would also like to thank Tim for all his comments, they have shown passion and commitment to his role as an ambassador and acted as an advocate for patients. Furthermore he has been able to visit our service with fresh eyes and give an unbiased opinion. Thankfully Tim has seen this as a positive experience and was able to put into words what we hoped the service was achieving. Thank you Tim for all your comments and work at Wathwood, you will be missed.

Good luck in the future.

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