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Trust seeks volunteers to help shape the future of NHS services

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust which runs community hospitals and nursing services, alongside mental health and learning disability services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is seeking new people to join its council of governors in March 2022.

Elections for the role of governor open this week and are open to anyone aged 16 and over who is a member of the Trust.

A total of 6 seats are available and include 2 representing the east of county, 2 representing the west, and 1 covering the remainder of the county. There’s also 1 seat which is open to employees of the Trust.

Margaret Schwarz, chair explains, "Our governors represent our members and help shape the future of our Trust, by improving the experience for our patients and their families.

"They also help set the direction of the Trust and oversee how the Trust’s board of directors manage the Trust with a particular focus on the work of non-executive directors. are either elected by public and staff members or appointed by partner organisations.

"You can get involved today and help influence NHS services in your local area by becoming a governor."

A total of 19 people – 11 public governors, 4 staff governors and 4 appointed governors who represent Cornwall Council, the Council of the Isles of Scilly, Truro and Penwith College and Volunteer Cornwall, make up the Trust’s council of governors. The council of governors meets 4 times a year and are paid travel expenses.

For more information visit the Trust’s website where you can sign up to become a member or read more information on the role.

If you would like to discuss the role in more detail, our chair Margaret Schwarz would love to hear from you at

An application pack is available from Civca who run the election on the Trust’s behalf:

  • Phone: 0208 889 9203

New governors will be announced on 9 February 2022.



Trust wins intellectual disability team of the year award

A team of epilepsy specialists at Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust who work with people with an intellectual disability along with the wider learning disability service and the general neurology service at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust have won the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ intellectual disability team of the year award.

an intellectual disability specialists

The prestigious award is tribute to a decade of initiatives which have improved the safety and quality of life of people with both an intellectual disability and epilepsy.

One in 4 people with an intellectual disability also have epilepsy, which is a factor in 2 out of 5 deaths.

People with an intellectual disability, are also 6 times more likely to die because of COVID-19.

Across the county, there have been just 3 epilepsy related deaths in people with an intellectual disability in the last 10 years compared to the expected 3 to 5 a year.

The team’s work includes internationally recognised epilepsy training which subsequently led to the adoption of national guidelines. During the pandemic the team moved their training and patient consultations online, in agreement with patients and families. This enabled them to continue to successfully meet the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ gold standards.

A seizure safety checklist has improved communication about risk and has been adopted nationally and is in use in half of GP practices in the UK.

The team also led the development of an e-register to improve the prescribing of anti-epileptic drugs and highlight their impact on the delivery of the STOMP (Stopping Over Medication of people with a learning disability or autism with psychotropics) initiative. The impact of anti-epileptic drugs on STOMP is now recognised by NHS England.

Professor Rohit Shankar MBE, consultant in adult developmental neuropsychiatry for the Trust said “I’m delighted to be part of the team to win this prestigious award in recognition of the work which has been done to improve the quality of life and long-term outcomes from people with an intellectual disability, seeing a reduction in the number of people on 5 drugs or more.

“These long-term projects are the foundation of a significant safety initiative for people with an intellectual disability in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and worldwide.

“Locally, in 2020 we had no COVID or epilepsy deaths, admissions to a psychiatric hospital, serious incidents of complaints. This is testament to the hard work of the team.”

The team works as part of the Trust’s wider intellectual disability service to support people, their families, carers alongside national charities. The wider team were an integral part of the EpsMon app, in partnership with national charity SuDEP Action.

Much of the team's work is collated by the Cornwall Intellectual Disability Equitable Research (CIDER), a partnership between the Trust and the University of Plymouth which focuses on research and service developments for people with intellectual disabilities.

Adrian Flynn, joint medical director said, “Our intellectual disability and epilepsy service has a wonderfully strong and sustained record of patient safety that we are extremely proud of in the Trust.

“They are relentlessly innovative, particularly in areas of safety, collaboration and education. These innovations are always evaluated and disseminated, with many of these developments being adopted nationally and internationally. Their utility and effectiveness particularly stood out in the last year during the pandemic where this service made a significant positive difference in keeping their patients in service and larger community safe and developed models which the larger health community could learn from.”

The initiatives developed by the team were created within existing resources with no extra funding.


Routes of Remembrance

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will join the Routes of Remembrance on 11 November 2021, by placing a poppy wreath on the First Great Western Railway train from Penzance to Paddington.

Remembrance train full

It’s the first time the Trust has taken part in the national act of remembrance which will see poppy wreaths from across the country make their way to London ahead of the 11am Remembrance Service.

This year, the Trust has set up an armed forces veterans covenant with the aim of becoming accredited as a veteran aware organisation. The Trust will sign the Armed Forces Covenant in December, formally marking the start of its journey.

Hayley Thompson is the Trust’s lead, and explains, “We are pleased to include a poppy wreath on the Routes of Remembrance and mark the start of our journey to become veteran aware.

“We want to identify members of the armed forces community and their families so we can better treat and signpost them to other appropriate services.”

The Trust’s wreath will be on the First GWR from Penzance to London Paddington on Thursday 11 November 2021, along with those from the Prince of Wales, Cornwall Council, Truro Town Council, the local branch of the Royal British Legion and other veterans’ groups.

In addition to the wreaths which will be arriving via the rail network, wreaths have been taking poignant tours around the UK and beyond including the entire Tour of Britain Cycle Race which began in Cornwall earlier this year.

If you would like to find out more about where these poppy wreaths have been and are going, visit @RemembeRoutes on Twitter or go to the  Veterans Charity website.

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