NHS Cheshire and Merseyside November 2022 Blog

Graham Urwin - Chief Executive
Graham Urwin - Chief Executive

With the COP27 summit underway in Sharm-el-Sheikh and action on climate change very much in focus, work to deliver against Cheshire and Merseyside’s Green Plan and meet our ambition of net zero continues apace.

There are many examples of practical measures that are being introduced to help lower our collective carbon footprint – from reducing printing across the system to rolling out new zero-emission electric vehicles.

Sustainable transformation requires leadership and engagement from board-level staff, however. That’s why we’ve agreed to arrange bespoke Net Zero Leadership Training for Board members across Cheshire and Merseyside’s health and care system.

All NHS Cheshire and Merseyside staff must also now complete dedicated ‘Building a Net Zero NHS’ training as part of their statutory and mandatory training. We believe we are amongst the first Integrated Care Boards in the country to make this commitment.

In other news, NHS Cheshire and Merseyside has recently signed two key pledges – the Armed Forces Covenant and Mencap’s Treat Me Well pledge.

Signing the Armed Forces Covenant underlines our commitment to working with partners to ensure that no member of the Armed Forces community faces disadvantage in accessing services.

I’m pleased to share that our Chair Raj Jain and I have also both shown our commitment to improving health and care support for people with a learning disability by signing Mencap’s Treat Me Well pledge. This issue was brought into sharp focus recently by the sobering BBC Panorama investigation ‘Will the NHS care for me?’ We simply must continue to tackle health inequality wherever we find it.

I’m delighted that Councillor Louise Gittins, the leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, has agreed to Chair the new-look Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership (our statutory Integrated Care Partnership) and I’m excited to see how cross-partner integration can support and enhance our collective work.

Finally, I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in the 24-day move to the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital site.

Relocating an entire hospital, its staff and patients safely and smoothly is testament to the exceptional planning, dedication and professionalism of NHS staff.

Graham Urwin - Chief Executive

Full November 2022 update available here