On Monday, I was delighted to give a very warm welcome to 51 new recruits to PHT at one of our regular Trust induction sessions. I was able to meet staff from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines who will now join teams across the organisation, helping us to deliver even better care for our patients. Thanks again for choosing to work with us here at PHT to develop your future career.
The improvement we have seen in urgent care performance is hugely encouraging. While we experienced some challenges mid-week, the pace of our recovery is improving, enabling us to close down escalation capacity in a number of areas, significantly reduce the number of non-clinical patient moves at night and see, treat and discharge patients from our ED more quickly. This is great for our patients and it has been a pleasure to see the buzz this has created across the organisation. These improvements are a direct result of the work underway across the Trust to reduce delays and to strengthen our discharge processes. We have some way to go to sustain these improvements but we should be heartened by the impact of our recent successes.
Our finance team have been busy closing down the financial accounts for March and are presently working through the final accounts for the year. We are now in a position to confirm that we have met the 17/18 financial target of £36.8m deficit, which we agreed with NHS Improvement in November. I am incredibly grateful for the hard work, the focus and discipline applied throughout the Trust, to safely live within our means. This puts us on a good footing for this current financial year and is a critical step towards our financial recovery.
Our preparations for the CQC core service inspection on 17, 18 and 19 April continue at pace, and thank you to everyone who has attended one of our special briefings or CQC Roadshows. This inspection is our opportunity to showcase the many positive aspects of our organisation and to be confident and open about our challenges and our plans to address them. Above all else I would like you to view the inspection as an opportunity to provide honest feedback about the work you do, talk about the things you are proud of, and feel confident in describing what you are doing to deliver improvements for our patients. We now have a dedicated page on the intranet where you can find helpful resources ahead of the inspection. Throughout the week, we will be running a dedicated helpline for advice and support for all inspection related matters. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call extension 3256 for further details.
Last week myself and our Chair Melloney Poole met some of our younger patients and their families for a special tour of the Pathology Department. It was the first tour of its kind in partnership with the charity Harvey's Gang, a charity named after Harvey Buster Baldwin, who sadly passed away in October 2014 after becoming ill with acute myeloid leukaemia, aged six. The purpose of the tour was to educate our younger patients about what happens to their blood once it is taken, and also to provide them with a one-of-a-kind educational experience. It was a great to meet them and their families and special thanks go to Sophie Robertson, Laura Wainwright and Andrew Flatt for organising this event, along with our rather impressive pathology team.
We will soon be accepting nominations for the 2018 Pride of Portsmouth Awards, which will be taking place at the Portsmouth Guildhall on the 22nd November 2018. The Pride of Portsmouth Awards provide an opportunity to recognise outstanding achievements, to showcase best practice and acknowledge those who live and breathe our PHT values. We will be celebrating leadership, teamwork, safety and quality, patient care, diversity and inclusion and of course, our apprentices and volunteers. So please start planning your nominations, which open 1st May, and take this opportunity to share and celebrate the many hard-working individuals and teams who work right across our Trust.
Thank you for your determination to deliver the highest standard of care right across the Trust, which we would expect for ourselves and our loved ones.
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
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