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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

In the vanguard of new ways of delivering care

I thought I would do a quick blog to tell you about the latest developments with the NHS England Five Year Forward View or 5YFV as it’s now affectionately known. You may have read that NHS England are now looking to develop vanguard sites as part of a 'new models of care programme'.  This is being led by Samantha Jones at NHS England, with the intention of providing a ‘proving ground’ in a number of areas, accelerating development of integrated care.   The vanguard … Read More »

New Year, New Challenges, New Opportunities

As we approach the end of 2014 and look forward to 2015, I thought I’d write a blog ahead of the New Year. I hope everyone who celebrates Christmas enjoyed their seasonal festivities.  Whilst Christmas can be a great time for friends and families to get together, it can also be a struggle for those going through a tough time, bringing back difficult memories or adding to a sense of isolation for some. Pennine Care is a 24/7, 365 days-a-year provider and many of our staff will have… Read More »

The importance of the flu jab

Please read this important 'guest' blog from our Medical Director Dr Henry Ticehurst.As Medical Director for the Trust, I want to reinforce why it is vital for every member of staff to have the flu vaccine.I had my flu vaccination on October 13. If you haven’t had it yet, this is a message from me to ask you to do so.The rationale for the vaccination is clear and it has a strong evidence base.Influenza is a nasty illness and, for normally healthy people, it can confine you to bed for some time. … Read More »

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