Some of the “normal” has also involved another tremendously successful Investors in People (IiP) Evaluation which took place in October. One of the conclusions from the Report commented that the PTC has “strong features of a high performing culture in relationship to leadership, values, empowerment and health and wellbeing provision”. If this sounds like too much self-praise, then I would counter that by saying that we are very proud about how we look after and treat all of our employees at the PTCs. We do so because first of all it is the right thing to do, but secondly because if we respect, value and look after our team, we know that they are much more likely to look after and support our patients in the same way and contribute to the environment and culture that we try and set at the PTCs every single day.
While there has been some new things happening at the PTC and we try to embrace change, we are always careful to hold on to and value the things that we do well and of course try to improve them. This has been evident in the guise of some new donations from Trusts and Foundations that we have received last month, and some others such as those from the North East Annual Legal Service in York Minster which continue to nominate the PTC as its beneficiary each year. I have commented before on many occasions that the charity market is extremely competitive, so I am always hugely gratified that the PTC is selected as a beneficiary charity when there are so many others to choose from. None of this happens by accident, as well as nurturing some of our existing donors, we are constantly seeking out new ones and we invest a great deal of time and effort in explaining to them who we are and what we do. Some of these leads end up resulting in nothing but it is always very rewarding when we achieve a result because we know that means that we are going to be able to deliver an even better service to our Police patients in the future with some of this new money that we generate.
One of the other things that I have done over the last month, was to attend the Police Charities UK Meeting in Leatherhead. This is a group of many of the Police Charities in the UK today who gather a couple of times each year to share some best practice, experiences and see how we might be able to move things forward in the future. One of the things that I always pick up is that although the Police Charity market can be highly competitive and challenging, both the PTC and SGPCT are doing very well when judged on their own merits, and even better when compared to some others. We never take anything for granted at the PTCs but are always very much aware that the money that we have coming into the charities is mainly from Police Officer donations. We have a responsibility to both use this effectively in the best way possible and to attempt to eliminate as much inefficiency and bureaucracy as we possibly can.
That is enough for the Blog this month.
Stay safe everyone and I hope to see you in 2020.