Celebrating achievements and showcasing successes at our Annual Members Meeting

Our Annual Members Meeting was held yesterday, giving us a chance to showcase our services, projects and the work going on across the Trust, our achievements over the past 12 months and our plans for the year ahead.

Stall holders from teams including art therapy, race equity, peer support, Forest Close and much more shared their brilliant projects, all soundtracked by the fabulous Pantasy Steel Band.

Sharon Mays, chair, kicked off the formal section of our Annual Members Meeting before handing over to chief executive Salma Yasmeen. Salma talked us through how we have held our values at the centre of everything we do over the last year.

Yesterday at our Annual Members Meeting we premiered a video looking back at a roundup of our year.

Everything we do at SHSC we do to realise our vision, with our service users at the heart of it all.

Take a look here!

We celebrated some of our achievements and award winners over the last year, with shoutouts for our Ethnically Diverse Staff Network Group who won the Team Award at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Northern and Yorkshire and the Humber Black History Month Awards, our HSJ award win for Workforce Initiative of the Year, Catherine Kerr and her award for Allied Health Professional of the Year, and Jonathan Launt for his Chief Nursing Officer award.

Salma also spoke about including coproduction in everything we do. She said: “The only way to make sustainable change and to make sure the NHS is fit for the future is to work in partnership...and we'll do that by making sure that lived experience is at the heart of all of that.”

Finally Salma thanked our staff who work tirelessly to improve the lives of people in Sheffield.

Executive director of people Caroline Parry then talked attendees through SHSC's strategy to create a great place to work. It involves four key strands:

  • Belonging in the NHS
  • Looking after our people
  • New ways of working and delivering care
  • Growing for the future

Salli Midgley, executive director of nursing, professions and quality, then explained our quality account, which is available in full on our website here.

Gambinga Gambinga followed with our service user story. He said: “My approach is instinctive. I understand what it is to be black and a service user, so that helps me to work better with our service users. I know what it is like to be them, I am them.”

Phillip Easthope, executive director of finance, digital and performance, kicked us back off after the interval to look at our financial performance from the last year.

The event is how we formally receive our annual report and accounts, which you can read in full here.

Sharon Mays updated the room on our board, membership and governors. This included the results of our council of governor elections from the last year.

Terry Proudfoot, lead governor, updated us on the governor year, talking about the key updates from the nomination and remuneration committee and council of governor meetings from the last year, as well as plans for the next year.

Finally we answered questions from the room and some which were sent in advance, including a discussion around coproduction and our membership.

And with that, our Annual Members Meeting came to a close!

Collage of people at the annual members meeting