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Michael McCourt

Michael McCourt – Chief Executive

Michael McCourt is Chief Executive of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. Twitter: @MichaelMcCourt1 Website: www.penninecare.nhs.uk

Time to grasp the nettle

I recently attended a retirement lunch for one of our mental health Clinical Directors and naturally we talked about the challenges ahead at a time where we have the Devolution Manchester Strategic Plan, a GM mental health strategy and a national mental health strategy all emerging. We shared a sense of great optimism, whilst recognising the challenges ahead will be, well, challenging.It struck me that whilst moving forward, we still need to look back and not forget what we have done well and sh… Read More »

Recap of 2015 and thoughts for the New Year

As 2015 draws to a close, I thought it would be a good opportunity for some reflection over the last year and a look ahead to what’s to come in 2016.Nationally, 2015 brought some major developments for the NHS, with NHS England starting to implement changes outlined in the Five Year Forward View.  This saw new ‘vanguard’ models of care being set up across the country to test out new ways of delivering care.  Pennine Care is a partner within the Stockport Together vanguard programme and… Read More »

Progress, opportunities and challenges ahead

We recently held the Trust's Annual General Meeting and Principles of Care Awards.  It was great to see more than 200 people there, staff in the main but Governors, members, commissioners and supporters too. The AGM is an opportunity to look back at the progress we have made over the last 12 months, whilst also looking forward to the year ahead and the opportunities and challenges that presents.   These things can be a bit dry at times, but we try to keep the presen… Read More »

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