In recent weeks we have been privileged to welcome a number of high profile visitors to the Trust and this week has been no exception. Today I was pleased to meet with local MP for Gosport, Caroline Dineage. As with all of our local Members of Parliament, Caroline takes an active interest in the hospital and was particularly keen to learn more about our urgent care pathway and the plans we have to improve the experience of our patients. We spent time in the Emergency Department and AMU demonstrating some of the recent improvements we have been delivering and discussing the plans we are developing to improve the physical environment for patients and staff through our redesign of the urgent care floor.
This afternoon we hosted Chris Hopson, Chief Executive of NHS Providers. Chris is a strong advocate for NHS Trusts and I am extremely grateful for the time he and his team took to visit Portsmouth to better understand some of our challenges, but importantly to hear about some of the improvements we have made, directly from those who have helped deliver them. Chris has the opportunity to visit many Trusts up and down the country, so it was helpful to hear his reflections on the work we are doing, while providing insight into developments led by others.
On Thursday evening I was honoured to be asked to open the launch of the Portsmouth Technology Trials Unit with Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth and our own Director of Research, Dr Anoop Chauhan. Our research department has a growing reputation for excellence, being ranked fifth nationally for its recruitment of patients into clinical trials and with feedback from patients involved in research studies being overwhelmingly positive. So it is fantastic news that this reputation is being further enhanced through our partnership with the University. The Technology Trials Unit will specialise in research studies in new healthcare technologies as well as supporting many other types of research for the benefit of our patients. This offers the potential to significantly influence the ways in which we provide care to our community and I am grateful to Professor Chauhan for his leadership, and his dedicated team for their commitment, in making this excellent initiative a reality.
Since I joined the Trust as Chief Executive, I have been keen to make sure that we reach out and engage with you in as many different ways as possible. On Monday (4 June) we hosted our first Facebook Live session to get input as we continue our development of the Trust strategy. Whilst the quality of the broadcasting may need some improvement (!) we received positive feedback from staff and members of the public alike about using this as a means of listening and responding. If you haven’t seen the broadcast then please take the opportunity to watch it on the Trust Facebook page and if you have thoughts or ideas on this or any other method of communication then our Director of Communications, Emma McKinney would be delighted to hear your views. (Emma.McKinney@porthosp.nhs.uk)
Thank you once again for all that you do, every day, for every one of our patients.