Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt visits the Trust

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt visits Maudsley Hospital

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said he is impressed by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust’s ‘relentless focus’ on safety and quality.

The Secretary of State’s visit, which took place on October 25, coincided with the publication of an independent review called Thriving at Work: the Stevenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers.

The report explores the cost of poor mental health to UK businesses and the economy and explores how investing in supporting mental health at work is good for business and productivity.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “This report has particular challenges for the NHS because we are the largest employer in the country and we have a big responsibility for the mental health of our own workforce.”

He discussed mental health in the workplace with Medical Director Michael Holland and Director of Nursing Beverley Murphy. 

Beverley Murphy said: “I would say that the very best clinicians – because it’s not just nurses - are those who have had an experience, some proximity, in their own life of mental health issues and I include myself in that group of people.

“The most compassionate and competent carers are those who have experienced some form of mental health issues.”

During the visit, the Health Secretary also spoke on patient safety and answered questions on the topics from the trust’s staff.

The Health Secretary also visited our colleagues at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. 

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