February has started apace, with both of our Centres operating at close to full capacity.
There is no doubt that all of the PTC employees enjoy their work more when we are full, and as well as the obvious statement that operating near to full capacity, drives down waiting times which we know can be frustrating for Patients, there is also a buzz and real vibrancy about the place when we have more people in.
I managed to survive the 8 CEO Question Time sessions at both Centres relatively unscathed, and it was an informative process for me to find out what was on people’s minds, and of course gave me an opportunity to explain some of the plans that we have for the future.
We have had a number of visitors to and from the PTC in recent weeks, last week I went over to see Rachel Baines who is the Chair of the Lancashire Federation and a great supporter of the PTC, and then it was up to Castlebrae for one of our Regular board of Trustee meetings which we rotate between the 2 Centres.
On the return journey from the meeting, I found myself conducting a telephone interview with Police Oracle about the psychological stresses and pressures Officers are under at the moment, and how we are trying to help and support them. This was opportune as we had the previous week received notification from Police Mutual that they were providing us with a £90K grant spread out over 3 years, specifically designed to improve the level of support that we currently deliver in this field. This was extremely generous of Police Mutual
, and will make a real difference to the treatment that we deliver to the men and women who come through the PTC, and need help and support in this respect.
This week has been a week of visitors. It started with Supt Dave Lunn
who heads up training for West Yorks, followed on with Barry Dodd CBE the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire
, and then concluded with Chief Constable Jerry Graham from Cumbria
, all of whom were enormously impressed with our facilities and treatment, and recognised the work that we are doing in returning front line duties much more swiftly than would otherwise be the case.
Overall it has been a busy period (as normal), with a couple of challenges bubbling away in the background, but one in which we have definitely shaken out the Christmas cobwebs, and returned to business as usual.