Yesterday, across the country the NHS celebrated its 70th birthday. It was uplifting to see the affection, warmth and gratitude reflected locally and nationally for our treasured institution. We had a number of events across the hospital including numerous team and ward tea parties, a bake off organised by the hospital charity, a wonderful performance from the Spirit of the South choir and even a celebratory staff conga! Associate Medical Director Mark Roland, paediatric staff nurse Kathryn Trout and physiotherapist, Lakshman Thuraisingham travelled to Westminster Abbey to join colleagues from NHS Trusts across the country in a special service to mark the anniversary. I hope you all enjoyed the day.
Our NHS70 celebrations coincided with the launch of our strategy for the next five years, entitled ‘Working Together’ which you can read here. Some of you joined us this morning at the Executive Roadshow to share your thoughts and hear more about your role in helping us to deliver it. As I mentioned in my message yesterday, this is just the beginning of an exciting new chapter for us. It is fundamental that the strategy doesn’t become a document which sits on a shelf, but is an integral part of what we do and the way we work. We will soon be sharing materials to help you start conversations off within your teams and I look forward to hearing your feedback on the content.
As you know, we launched our new Divisional structure on Monday which reduces the previous eleven Clinical Service Centres into four Divisions. I’m confident that the new structure will help us to deliver our strategy and will ultimately make a positive difference to the care we provide to our patients. Over the coming weeks you will start to hear more from your Divisional leadership teams about how our strategy will be implemented and what improvements you can expect to see.
‘Working Together’ sets out our commitment to address a number of longstanding challenges we face and to make a number of key decisions. I’m delighted to let you know that our Board has approved the decision to replace all four of our linear accelerators. This is fantastic news for our patients and will help to ensure that we maintain the Trust’s status as a designated cancer centre. Two of the replacement linear accelerators will be funded by NHS England and two will be funded by the Trust. This is a significant but essential investment and reflects our commitment to invest in equipment in order to make sure our teams have the tools and support they need.
Today our series of visitors continued, with David Radbourne Director of Delivery and Operations for the South East at NHS England joining us to learn more about our plans for the urgent care floor redevelopment and our preparations for winter.
And finally I would like to congratulate our Health, Safety and Wellbeing service who have been reaccredited for a further five years by the Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Standard (SEQOHS), which is run by the Royal College of Physicians. The standard aims to raise the overall standard of care provided by occupational health services, thereby helping to make a meaningful difference to the health of people of working age. Those of you who have made use of our occupational health and wellbeing service will know what fantastic support they provide and this recognition is well deserved. I know that the team put in a huge amount of work for the accreditation visit earlier this year and my thanks go to them all for helping us maintain this important standard.
We are continuing to experience some very high temperatures and whilst this is very pleasant outside of work it has made the hospital busier than normal. It has also meant some of our ward areas can be uncomfortable due to the heat so please look after yourselves and keep hydrated.
Thank you for all that you do to support the delivery of the very best care for each of our patients