As I expect for most people, I was surprised by Enham Trust’s announcement on 1 August, that they intend to join Aster Group as there was no mention of this during my recent meeting with the Chair of Trustees, Ben Merrett and Interim Chief Executive, Simon Williams on 8 July and on hearing the news I immediately arranged urgent meetings with both Mr Williams and separately the CQC.
These meetings took place last Friday 5 August. During both meetings I forcibly put across my view that the welfare and future of residents and those who receive support from the Trust must be of paramount importance and be at the forefront of all decisions. I received an assurance from the CQC that they are monitoring the situation at Enham extremely closely and will continue to do so.
I understand that any decision is subject to consultation and final approval and that Enham have contacted friends and family to give details of how anyone can raise questions or give feedback from now until 2 September.
I am now seeking a meeting with Aster to discuss how they believe that this proposal will improve things for those who live under Enham’s care. I will also arrange to see the County Council who are I understand now heavily engaged following the CQC Inspection report.
I have been extensively engaged with Enham Trust over the years, and more so recently following their inadequate inspection report from the CQC. During all this I have been in conversation with the Enham Friends and Family group about their concerns also. We must all now focus on making sure that if this move to Aster is to take place, it is to the benefit of the residents and their way of life. I will do all I can to make sure this is the case.