Simon Stevens visits The Cedars

Posted in News on 9th November, 2016

Following a briefing with our senior team, NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, visited The Cedars in Exeter yesterday. He was shown around the unit by Senior Nurse Manager Sue Speak and Delderfield Ward Manager Steph Phillips. 

Commenting on the visit, Sue said: "Simon Stevens showed a genuine interest in our work and the challenges that we face in such a busy inpatient facility. We discussed a number of issues including the type of people we support on our wards; the care we provide; the pressure on beds; our relationship with our acute hospital colleagues and the police and the poor physical environment here at The Cedars - particularly in areas such as our Place of Safety suite. It was a brief but enjoyable visit and it was nice to have the opportunity to talk about our work and our challenges with someone at the very top of the NHS."

Simon went on to deliver a lecture at Exeter University, where one of the issues he spoke about was the need for physical health and mental health to be far more closely aligned.

(Pictured left to right: Steph Phillips, Simon Stevens, Sue Speak)