Today I had the pleasure of attending our first Trust wide patient safety conference. During the event there were numerous examples of patient safety and quality improvement excellence here at the Trust and I was delighted to see so much progress on such an important agenda as we strive to deliver safer and more effective care for every patient. We were fortunate to have both Dr Sean O’Kelly, Medical Director for Professional Leadership at NHS Improvement and Dr Henrietta Hughes, National Freedom to Speak Up Guardian among the guest speakers. You can find out more about the day by searching for #phtptsafety on Twitter.
Managing risk is a day to day issue for us all and it has been particularly prominent in recent weeks as we work hard to ensure that all of our patients are cared for safely when the hospital has been under pressure. Lois Howell, our new Director of Integrated Governance will have been in touch with many of your teams to discuss how we can better support you to both understand and manage the risks within your areas. Better understanding and monitoring risk is a core part of our job because put simply, it keeps our patients and staff safe. If you have any queries or need support in this area please do contact Lois via Lois.Howell@porthosp.nhs.uk.
This week we started the process of developing our organisational strategy for the next five years. As I have mentioned previously this is an incredibly important programme of work for us as we address current challenges, but also to prepare us for the future. In our meetings and in many of our conversations you told me that you want a clear strategy that sets out our vision, priorities and objectives and that is exactly what we are aiming to achieve. By the end of March we will have developed a framework for the final version to be ready by 5 July. There will be opportunities for you to contribute to and shape the strategy and I hope you will get involved.
Thanks to all those who took part in yesterday’s CIP Action Day. It was the first of three dedicated CIP Action Days to help us further develop our savings plans for the next financial year. The feedback has been very positive, with many plans being worked up in detail. As you know, the financial challenge facing the Trust is significant but this shows that by working together we can deliver the savings required. There remains a lot of work to do so we shouldn’t be complacent however we now have a strong foundation on which to start the new financial year in April. In the coming weeks we will be providing more details on ways you can suggest and get support for your own ideas to help us become more financially sustainable.
Last week saw the 11th Portsmouth Advanced Endoscopy Symposium where advanced endoscopy was transmitted live to an audience of imminent endoscopists from across the country as well as Australia and Germany. I would like to thank Professor Pradeep Bhandari and his team for organising the conference and continuing to ensure Portsmouth is firmly on the map as a leader in endoscopy training and research.
Finally I would like to give a special mention to two of our nurses who have been shortlisted in the prestigious British Journal of Nursing Awards. Lorraine Sutton, Clinical Nurse Specialist for UGI cancer has been nominated in the Oncology Nurse of the Year category and Janice Cloud, Matron for Outpatients and Phlebotomy has been shortlisted in the Continence Nurse of the Year category. Being shortlisted is a wonderful achievement and we look forward to hearing the results on 9 March.
Thank you for the great work you do, each and every day to deliver the best possible care for our patients.