Staff Nurse and Preceptee Mentor
We asked Sarah about her experiences working as a mental health nurse here at the Trust:
How long have you been working in mental health?
I have worked as a RMN within the Trust for just over a year but I have previous experience working with those within mental health as a HCA in an acute CAMHS inpatient unit whilst I was a student nurse.
Did you work in any other area before working in mental health?
I have worked as a support worker previously with children and adults with learning difficulties.
Why are you passionate about it?
I am passionate about working to support others and teaching which has always been an interest of mine.
What is one of the best things about working in mental health?
I love the hands on work and learning something new everyday working with patients aswell as alongside my colleagues
What is the one misconception you think is out there about mental health?
People with mental health problems can snap out of it or change if they tried hard enough.
Director of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement
Ranjeet joined the Trust in November 2013 and is responsible for leading the Trust’s Communications, Stakeholder Engagement and Public Affairs programme.
Ranjeet has over 20 years’ of marketing and communication experience working in some of the country’s most challenging public sector arenas. Prior to joining the Trust Ranjeet was Head of Marketing and Communications at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for six years where he transformed the organisations approach to communications and patient engagement.
Since joining the Trust Ranjeet has built an award winning communications, public affairs and stakeholder engagement team leading a number of innovations that directly benefit patient care. These include achieving the Information Standard, the creation of standardised patient information, new public website and the implementation of Skype across the organisation and for patient consultations. Ranjeet was Senior Responsible Officer for leading the Trust through one of England’s largest mental health reconfiguration consultations as part the £160m Estates Modernisation Programmes. He is also the Senior Responsible Officer for the Trust’s Contact Centre which aims to provide easier access to our services for patients.
Ranjeet has held a number of senior communication roles throughout his career including acting as Communications Adviser for the Department of Health working on the provider communications strategy for implementing the 2012 ‘Liberating the NHS’ reforms. At Lambeth Council Ranjeet was the Head of Marketing and responsible for managing a team of 22 covering all external communications across the council departments. He has also spent time working with MPs at the Houses of Parliament and supporting local councillors with community programmes.
Ranjeet is passionate about public services, community engagement and access to services. He is an advisor to the national charity Citizens UK. Ranjeet sits on the NHSI communications development steering group and is a member of the not-for-profit Missenden Group.
Sola Afuape was appointed in August 2016. She is a member of QSAC and is co-chair of the Equality and Diversity committee.
Sola has over 15 years’ experience in health and social care advising, designing and implementing national and regional programmes most notably in health inequality improvements and was Chair of a national charity tackling social exclusion and health inequalities with a particular focus on Mental Health, for which she was awarded an MBE. She has held a number of advisory roles across a collaboration of CCGs and worked across government within the Department of Health, Public Health England, Standing Commissioning on Carers and the Arts and more recently HMCT’s London West Advisory Committee.
She currently runs her own consultancy specialising in Strategy, Workforce & OD and Equalities and conducting independent reviews which she combines with a deep passion for patient, staff and citizen voice, co- production and systems leadership.
Director of HR and Organisational Development (Job Share)
Alfredo joined the Trust in 2014 to lead and transform the HR Shared Service Function for the Trust focusing on integrating end to end HR Business Process.
With more than 15 years’ experience leading HR teams, Alfredo was previously Head of HR at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Director of HR and Administrative Services at the Social Security Board, Belize.