Annual General and Members Meeting 2015

The Trusts Annual General and Members meetings 

Growing Older Living in Darlington (GOLD) Tea Dance 2014

An event was held by Darlington Borough Council on Wednesday 13 August 2014 in the market square from 11.00am - 3.00pm. The membership recruitment team enjoyed speaking to the public and also managed to sign up new members for the Trust. See event flyer.    

Annual governor election 2014 now concluded

See the results of our annual election for 2014  

Celebrating Positive Practice in County Durham and Darlington

We held an event on 19 September 2013 to celebrate positive practice in County Durham and Darlington 

Recruitment Event

The member recruitment team attended Darlington College at their fresher event on Wednesday 4 September 2013.  It was a quiet day in terms of the number of students, but their was interest in how to make contact with our services and support anti stiga campaigns for mental health and learning disability. A number of students also signed up on the day as public members. Thank you to Darlington College for inviting us.

Public Workshops

We held workshops to seek the views of trust governors and members in order to assist us to develop a proportionate response to the recommendations made in the final report of the Public Inquiry of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust chaired by Robert Francis, QC, published on  6 February 2013.

The trust's response to the Francis report 

Meet and Greet by your local public Governors

Local public governors, Andrea Goldie and Dennis Haithwaite invited members of the Darlington Constituency and any guests to come along to West Park Hospital in Darlington on the 24 November and 29 November 2012 to have a chat about their role and what they have been up to. Governors welcomed the opportunity to meet with members of the public and talk about their issues.

Invitation to Meet and Greet

Celebrating Positive Practice in County Durham and Darlington

As part of our ongoing programme to involve members, service users, carers and organisations in our events, we held a positive practice event for County Durham and Darlington on Thursday 8 November 2012 between 10am and 1.15pm at Morton Park Business Centre in Darlington. For more information please click on the links below:

  • Agenda
  • Presentations
  • Question and answer summary 

Celebrating Positive Practice in County Durham and Darlington

We held an event on Thursday 22 September 2011 as part of the international Europsy Festival which took place over 3 days (21-23 September 2011) at Van Mildert College in Durham. More information...  

Public meeting for Darlington and South Durham

The trust held a public meeting on 13 January 2011 at the Dolphin Centre in Darlington. The meeting was held to highlight to our members the consultation by NHS County Durham and Darlington on the proposed changes to inpatient beds for mental health services for older people (MHSOP) in Darlington and South Durham.

To view the consultation document please click here.

Presentations delivered at the meeting can be viewed below along with a summary of questions and answers:

  • Proposed service changes 
  • Developments in Darlington and South Durham MHSOP services
  • Summary of questions and answers from the meeting

Group workshops were held at the meeting so that attendees could feedback their thoughts on improvements to the older people's service provided by the Trust. Photographs below show this work taking place and public governor for Durham, Andrew Everett, can be seen facilitating one of the group discussions. 


Raising awareness in Darlington

Liaison psychiatry staff were out and about at Darlington Memorial Hospital with a display promoting world mental health day, as well as our own mental health services. On the day liaison nurse, Steve Philpott, was also active in enrolling new members of the trust.

Pictured below is Steve Philpott with Rebecca Atkinson, visitor to Darlington Memorial Hospital, and Dr Sue Tee, junior doctor working at Darlington Memorial Hospital.


Former Public Governor - David Hall

Personal view of my role as a Governor

To be available to all people within the constituency and especially trust members. To hear their views and comments on issues concerning the provision of mental health services, both positive and negative, and to convey these back to the Trust Board and managers for appropriate action.

What I have been involved in

Within the Trust - attending all of the usual meetings, including a working group meeting on the development of 'Quality Accounts'. Also providing regular assistance with social activities organised by the 'Friends of West Park Hospital'.

Outside the Trust - Involved in plans to refurbish the Darlington MIND hostel which is a very important stepping stone for people ready to leave hospital and to begin to lead a more normal life. Building alterations have now started at Borough Road and, when finished, there will be more places for residents in personal en suite accommodation than in the old bed sits. At that point we shall want to consider whether sufficient demand exists to continue with the use of the building to which residents have been temporarily moved in order to double our capacity more permanently. I have also been involved in discussions about the distinctive needs for mental health services by certain ethnic groups as a member of the Darlington Inter Faith Forum.  

What I want to be able to do

I would like to hear your comments and act as a bridge between those who need services and those whose task it is to provide them. As your local governor I would be more than happy to come along to your next organisation or group meeting.

Feedback from members - What I have done

I was contacted by a member who had a relative taken to A & E having attempted suicide during a weekend. They were concerned that on that occasion, there was no liaison service available with the Mental Health Team. I am also very much aware, through several sources, of the difficulties attending the initial admission of patients entering the acute hospitals who suffer from Dementia. Besides internal discussions in our trust I raised this as a public question at the annual general meeting of the acute trust in Durham and was assured by the Chief Executive of the acute trust that he and our Chief Executive are personally conducting a review of how the service works to ensure that, as far as possible, immediate support is available to people with mental health difficulties when entering the acute hospitals.

Improvements / Benefits seen  

I recently had experience of a relatively young friend spending some time in the Dementia Assessment Ward at West Park Hospital. I was very favourably impressed by the care shown not just to the patient but to family and friends as well at this difficult time. It was a very good reflection on the trust.