The State Hospital

The State Hospital, Carstairs, Lanark ML11 8RP
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Performance Overview 2015/16

Photo: Jim Crichton, Chief Executive and Terry Currie, Chairman

As a result of the hard work and commitment of all of our staff at The State Hospital, 2015/16 has been a really productive year for the service.  It is one which has been characterised by close partnership working with both staff, patients and their families to deliver safe, high quality care where compassion and a focus on recovery is at the heart of our service for patients. 

We celebrate our successes as a service in achieving a 90% participation rate in psychological therapies and over 100 patients a month participating in rehabilitation activities such as sports, gardening, craft work, and a range of formal educational activities.  We have made progress in the difficult area of reducing obesity and improving the physical health of patients with rates falling from 93% to 89% while engaging patients on plans for enhancing healthy choices in the knowledge that this remains a significant health challenge.  In the crucial area of reducing violent incidents, our work through the Scottish Patient Safety Programme has seen a sustained reduction in incidents which is now over 50% less than it was six years ago. 

We have continued our commitment to high quality training for staff and have seen the percentage of staff with updated personal development plans rise this year to over 75%.  As one of the first NHS Boards to implement the new iMatter survey to support staff feedback, we had 82% of all staff participating, representing an excellent level of employee engagement.

The service is not without challenges however and perhaps the most testing area has been that of staff absence which reached an average of 7.8% over the course of the year.  Addressing this has been a real focus both for the Board and for managers working closely with our staff side to support employee wellbeing and attendance at work.  We will maintain our focus over the coming year and anticipate improvements as the range of initiatives we have identified are put in place.

Having worked closely with staff and their representatives over the course of the year on future service changes and the 2020 vision for our workforce, we developed a five year workforce plan which was approved by the Board.  The plan is wide ranging and places great emphasis on improving leadership within the organisation whilst ensuring that our staff are supported effectively and have opportunities for personal development and growth. 

The work included an extensive review of both our Clinical Model and the changing demands on workforce in the Hospital.  The plan will be updated on an annual basis to track progress and respond to new developments and challenges.

Finally, we would like to mark the wonderful contributions to patient care from our staff in all departments.  Highlights over the year have included:

  • Alex Bertram, Rehabilitation Instructor receiving a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the New Year Honours 2015 for services to psychiatric care.
  • Dr Joe Judge, Clinical Psychologist being awarded the British Psychological Society’s Faculty of Forensic Clinical Psychology Early Career Award.
  • Prof Lindsay Thomson receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Education for Scotland (NES) for success in medical education.
  • The State Hospital being awarded the Carer Positive Engaged Award for organisations that have a working environment where carers are valued and supported.

We look forward to a busy year ahead in 2016/17 and to working with our staff, patients and carers in maintaining a safe, effective and person centered service.

Our State Hospital Annual Report on performance during the year 2015/16 has been produced.