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NHS whistleblower says mental health trust causing ‘enormous stress’ to Bamber Bridge staff

Posted on - 23rd May, 2023 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Bamber Bridge, Business, Health, Preston News, South Ribble News
Ribble House in Meanygate, Bamber Bridge Pic: Google
Ribble House in Meanygate, Bamber Bridge Pic: Google

An NHS employee says the mental health trust they work for is causing ‘an enormous amount of stress’ to its staff.

The whistleblower, who wishes to remain anonymous, works at Ribble House in the Digital department of Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust.

They got in touch with Blog Preston saying ‘nothing has changed’ since a 2021 investigation into the alleged failing IT service being run from the Bamber Bridge office.

Read more: Investigation launched by Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust after whistleblower reveals failing IT system at Bamber Bridge offices

They said: “The lack of training on clinical systems still remains a big issue. The Trust doesn’t support our personal or professional growth. Other teams are given it, but Digital has no chance.”

However they say the latest and biggest issue is a proposed office move.

“After collecting everyone’s data and finding out 90 per cent of the Digital team live in a PR postcode, they’ve still decided to move the office to Whalley towards Clitheroe,” they said.

“This is putting an enormous amount of stress on the majority of people, including myself.

“We’ve had consultations with IT managers and HR reps to discuss concerns. Whether this changes anything is yet to be seen.

“I’m just so annoyed and shocked that as a mental health trust, the place is actually impacting and creating mental health issues.”

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In response to the claims, a spokesperson from Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust said: “Following previous concerns raised in February 2021, a thorough review was undertaken with recommendations for improvement implemented as appropriate.

“We actively consult with our staff on a regular basis, encouraging them to bring issues and concerns to light through a range of channels, working collaboratively to improve.

“As a Trust we offer a range of training and development opportunities, and have systems and processes in place to encourage on-going professional and personal development.  

“We are still undergoing the formal consultation period for the planned vacation of a number of services currently operating at Ribble House. We appreciate that any potential move can be concerning and the wellbeing of our staff is paramount. As this consultation is still underway, it would be inappropriate to comment further.

“We offer a range of wellbeing services and have been meeting with individual staff members to discuss their concerns as part of this on-going process.”

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