Going Caribbean at Thorneywood

Carl Hope photo

Our volunteer, Carl has been busy at Thorneywood again! He’s been making origami boxes with patients, a student and staff from the LIVE Action Team.


In preparation for a Caribbean themed day on the 23rd June, where they’re planning on cooking mutton, rice and pineapple punch, patients decorated the boxes with graffiti in keeping with the theme.

Volunteer’s Week Event


A big THANK YOU for all who attended our Garden Party on the 2nd of June as well as an equally big THANK YOU to all of those who couldn’t make it but still contribute so much to our organisation.

_20170602_113636We had a flower arranging session to decorate the centre for the day and arrangements were then raffled off with other donated items, raising over £20 for charitable funds.

DSC_0033Wathwood Farm Shop had a pop-up stall with jars of jam, chutney and honey which also raised over £20.

DSC_0020Our “Helping Hands Tree” display was added to with some incredible submissions like: “Feeling that I can make a difference is very rewarding“, “The Involvement team have helped me and my team break down barriers between patients and staff ‘them and us‘” and “Volunteering saved my life! Thank you to all involved. I can’t thank you enough!“.

_20170602_173128Alan, a lucky volunteer, won a £10 voucher in our quiz hosted by Nigel and with the tie-breaker question presented by Joanna – “How much was the monetary value of volunteers to the Trust during May 2017?”

DSC_0036The buffet was supplemented with home baking from Amy and Laura as well as volunteers Ian and Michael.

DSC_0017We had information about Carer’s Week  with Jane speaking to people and taking their stories.

_20170602_131810Our Chief Executive, Ruth Hawkins also came to the event. She took the time to speak to everyone and joined in with the celebrations.

DSC_0054Again, thank you to everyone who came to celebrate our volunteers, the important work they do and the value that they add to our Trust.


P.S. The answer to that tie-breaker question – £47,178.39!!

Trust Governors

img94joktmu73284My name is Mike and I have been a volunteer at Rosewood Involvement Centre for just over three years now.

Currently, my main role as a Trust volunteer is in my capacity as a Public Governor. I was elected by the Trust membership of Nottinghamshire County at the beginning of 2016 for a three-year term. I sit on the Council of Governors, a body whose role is to gain assurance on behalf of the membership and the public, with regard to the organisation’s performance and with a particular focus on service quality.

Feedback has revealed that, nationwide, people generally do not know about NHS Councils of Governors (all Foundation Trusts have one, as they are a legal requirement). My hope is that this blog posting will help shed light on what role we play.

There are 37 governors on the Council, representing a wide spectrum of geographic areas and demographics. The exact makeup is as follows:

  • 21 Public, Patient and Carer Governors, representing Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire County, South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw and the rest of England and Wales.
  • 8 elected Staff Governors.
  • 8 appointed Partner Governors, representing academic, business and charity links which make up the Trust’s network of partners in delivering care.

Being a governor really is what you make of it. There are endless opportunities to get involved; these include site inspections, asking questions about financial, staff and partnership issues. I very much value the opportunity to attend meetings on a wide range of subjects. My particular areas of interest are finance, staff and patient wellbeing, and development of the governor-public relationship.

We have four main Council of Governors meetings a year, in January, April, July and October of each year. These meetings include the Trust Board and Non-Executive Directors. In addition to this, we also have monthly meetings on a range of pre-agreed topics, replacing the former subcommittees which covered areas including Finance, Membership and Quality & Innovation.

By the time of publication, I will have undertaken my first site inspection as a governor, at Wathwood Hospital. I very much look forward to this experience and hope to learn more about the Trust’s work in secure settings.

My weekly visit to Rosewood allows me to feed back to patients, carers and the general public. I would like, however, to expand these opportunities and meet with a wider range of people. I plan to undertake these “governor surgeries” in the near future, and will definitely keep everyone informed!

Further information about the Council of Governors, as well as a list of Governor representatives, can be found here: https://www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/council-of-governors


PLACE Audits

by Michael Salter

Way back in February, volunteers based at Rosewood and at Duncan Macmillan House were treated to PLACE audit training sessions!  At least we would get to know what the acronym means.  Delivered by Paul Theed, (Modern Matron, Specialist Services Directorate Quality Team) in a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere we soon knew that Patient Led Assessments of the Care Environment are an important part of maintaining high standards in the delivery of care in our hospitals.  The challenging, busy and frequently staff-pressured life on our hospital wards, can lead to a culture of prioritising.  Standards in this specialised care environment may slip BUT frequently they are kept to a very high level and this should be acknowledged and praised, just as much as focussing on failings that must be remedied.

No sooner was the training session completed at Rosewood, than Joanna Rapson was all over the volunteers like a rash.  No way was she going to miss harnessing our enthusiasm for discovering long-term lingering dust, non-laminated notices, damaged flooring etc., etc.  Quite quickly, the long list for volunteer inspectors for the PLACE audits in Mental Health establishments was filled.

The next 10 weeks saw a flurry of activity under the guidance and direction of Paul Theed.  A small army of volunteers was dispatched periodically to Highbury Hospital, Wells Road, Bassetlaw Hospital, Millbrook Unit and the QMC, where we were able to put the training to good use and reinforce the skills with which we had been imparted. This has been a most interesting and tremendously important task in which we volunteers have been able to contribute.  Now we all hope that the patients and staff in these vital Health Services will benefit from the inspections, through recognition of some really good practice as well as the improvements and changes that are being implemented.

Baking and Crafts at Thornywood

One of our volunteers, Carl, has been busy baking and doing Easter crafts at Thornywood. He attends weekly and does music activities, baking, crafts and plays cards with service users.

Carl seems to really enjoy his time spent there and we’ve had some lovely feedback from staff about how much they appreciate him.


Decorated eggs for Easter – Carl’s egg on the right was named “Dred” and survived two days of being carried around in a bag and shown to people before cracking. Dred even went on a walk and to the museum!


Damage to Rosewood Garden

Sad start to the week. Unfortunately some time over the weekend people have broken into the Rosewood garden and have damaged the hard work of our volunteers and staff.

Thankfully, there doesn’t seem to be any damage to the plants and with a bit more elbow grease we’ll have the place tidied up and secured again.

It’s easy when things like this occur to get angry and frustrated how people can be incredibly selfish and disrespectful of others. However, our volunteers serve as a constant reminder that for every one of these selfish individuals, there are many more who are kind, considerate and so very giving to others.

If you have any information on this incident, please contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 117 of 10th April 2017.