The Chief Executive’s Report

I thought I’d better go through and ‘track change’ Katrina Percoid’s report to the Board meeting this morning, in case the Board are dopey enough to be taken in by it. My additions/comments in italics.

Chief Executive Officer’s Report

1. Investigation into the death of Connor Sparrowhawk [a dude and a half]

1.1. The external, independent review that the Trust commissioned after enormous pressure into the facts surrounding the tragic death of Connor Sparrowhawk in July 2013 was published on Monday 24 February 2014 and identified a number of failings that Connor’s death was preventable.

1.2. The Trust immediately [well after eight months of spin, cover up and prevarication] indicated publicly that it fully accepted all the findings of the report and once again apologised to Connor’s family and friends for its failings in respect of Connor’s death failing to provide Connor with proper care and failing to keep him safe from harm.

1.3. Connor Sparrowhawk was an 18 year old young man under the care of Southern Health’s Learning Disability service in Oxford. He was admitted to one of our in-patient treatment and assessment units (Slade House) in 2013. On 4 July 2013 he was found submerged in the bath on the unit and died in hospital shortly afterwards. Post-mortem findings showed that he died as a result of drowning, likely to have been caused by an epileptic seizure.

1.4. Since publication of the independent investigation report, the Trust has sought to be open, transparent and candid about this matter [*cough cough*] and has been open to approaches by the media. Shambolic Iinterviews have been given to BBC TV South Today, BBC Radio Oxford, the Guardian and the Health Service Journal. Written statements have also been provided to Community Care magazine, the Oxford Mail, the Sunday Telegraph and BBC Radio 4. The Trust was a no show on the ‘You and Yours’ programme and has yet to answer the questions put to it by the Oxford Mail.

1.5. Following Connor’s death the Trust has, of course [no of course about it], made a number of improvements to services including: · A strengthening of the local management team. · The introduction of advanced (and now mandatory) training for staff in the Learning Disabilities Division. · The introduction of an epilepsy care benchmarking process. We fully recognise that all these improvements are around the most basic of basic care.

1.6. In addition the Trust has been in contact with Connor’s parents. Staff expressed their condolences at the time of Connor’s death and the Trust has made contact with Connor’s mother (Sara Ryan) on a number of occasions [probably worth at this point having a quick recap of the interactions between us and the ‘Trust’]. The Trust repeatedly apologised for its failings in respect of Connor’s death once the report was published proving his death was preventable and sought to meet with Sara Ryan but to date Ms Ryan has declined all invitations to meet with the Trust Chief Executive or indeed any other Trust representative.all the meetings arranged with Sara Ryan and family have fallen through because the Trust changed the goalposts. 

1.7. We are very keen to meet with and engage with Ms Ryan. We understand that she is currently going through a painful, grieving process. [fuck right off you patronising bastards] On the basis of professional advice (because we ain’t half throwing a shedload of money at trying to wriggle our way out of this unfortunate episode), we have decided that it would be unhelpful to seek to engage with Sara [eurgh] through social media channels so we blocked the @justiceforLB twitter account and will continue to seek a face to face meeting whenever she feels that is appropriate and helpful. We will continue to monitor Sara Ryan’s social media activity and inform the family’s solicitor when we are ‘highly disappointed’ with it. 

1.8. Meanwhile, I would once again wish to [eh?] express my deepest condolences to Connor’s family and friends and to say how sorry I am that we failed Connor we breached the NHS constitution and failed to protect him from harm. 

1.9. The Trust began an important journey [Wha? You took over a known and documented faulty service and ignored it until the level of care was so appalling a patient died. A patient died simply because he was in your “care”] when it took over learning disability services that had previously been delivered by the Ridgeway Trust. [Distance…*cough*… distance]. We clearly have more to do to improve these services [no shit sherlock] and our overall plan for the modernisation of Learning Disability care for the people of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire…

…Yes! Our overall plan for the modernisation of Learning Disability care for the people of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire is covered elsewhere on the agenda.

What a pile of crap.

8 thoughts on “The Chief Executive’s Report

  1. The tone is patronising. When I was working with disabled children and when I was training to teach and now while I teach teachers the expression ‘if this was a child of mine’ is a constant. Empathy respect. Nicki
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    From: mydaftlife
    Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 06:49:19 +0000
    ReplyTo: mydaftlife
    Subject: [New post] The Chief Executive’s Report

    sarasiobhan posted: “I thought I’d better go through and ‘track change’ Katrina Percoid’s report to the Board meeting this morning, in case the Board are dopey enough to be taken in by it. My additions/comments in italics. Chief Executive Officer’s Report 1. Investigati”

  2. There appears to be a template for crap responses and the Meeting thing is standard curved ball stuff! Aka we offered to meet but family don’t feel able to yet! (look how understanding we are!) I remain appalled and deeply concerned at this debacle!
    May be worth knowing that it seems Oxon and Bucks share MH services. ……not sure exactly whats happening now CCG in place? MP and Speaker John Bercow has a Bucks constituency and may be a useful contact. Of course PM is Witney. Total empathy and much respect! #JusticeforLB!

  3. Scary stuff when you read that in 2012 Katrina Percy beat tough competition from other NHS leaders from across the country to win ‘Chief Executive of the Year’ at a prestigious national award ceremony, extremely worrying apparently she demonstrated “a style of leadership that engenders self-motivation among staff.”!!!!!!
    I think that should read self preservation and.salary protection.
    Unbelievable bullshit!

  4. This applies to anyone dealing with the NHS:

    Whatever you do.. Don’t have a meeting…

    Unless you tape it, or you have a lawyer present.

    Insist that all communication is in writing.

    You know the three main reasons:


    2………. lies

    3. ……….and more lies on file.

    And the usual suspect optional additions:

    4. Complete loss of the very files – which state the crucial information for your complaint.

    5. File alterations

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