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Michael McCourt

Michael McCourt – Chief Executive

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

Our direction of travel - What does the future look like?

Everyone in Pennine Care will be aware we have our CQC inspection approaching. I have decided not to do a blog on the actual inspection as there has been a lot of communication and engagement on this. What I would say is that overall the process so far has been positive as it’s helped confirm some things we are getting right but it has also provided a lot of learning. If it helps the Trust improve then it’s a good thing. I wanted to use this blog to talk about the Trust’s strategy for the years … Read More »

The value of coaching

I first discovered coaching in 2005, in my former role as Pennine Care's Director of Operations. I had heard of coaching but never experienced it. I immediately saw the value in coaching and wished I had found it earlier in my career. Such was my interest, I trained as a professional coach and mentor and, with colleagues, formed the Trust's coaching service in 2008 (I think).  I am pleased to say the service is still available today and I would encourage staff to use the opportunity to… Read More »

Time for actions to speak louder than words

I was briefly interviewed today by @BrekkyAliButts for BBC Radio Manchester’s breakfast show. I answered questions on the report ‘The Mental Health Five Year Forward View’ and the current state of mental health in England and specifically Greater Manchester.I really welcome the reportand will say a little more on that later. While I’m proud of all that we achieve in Pennine Care, it was uncomfortable listening to a long list of sobering facts on where mental health care fails people in our commu… Read More »

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