On Monday I was thrilled to join our research and innovation team to celebrate them having recruited over 10,000 patients to research trials in the course of the last year. In April 2018 they set themselves a target of recruiting just over 5,000 patients in the following twelve months and remarkably they have succeeded in doubling this. This is a fantastic achievement and will have a hugely positive impact on our patients who, have had the opportunity to benefit from leading edge treatments and technology sooner than would otherwise be the case.
Surpassing their target means that we are the second highest recruiting acute trust in the country. Added to this, four of our clinical departments are consistently among the top ten recruiting specialties in the country. Undoubtedly this further cements our growing reputation for excellence in the field of research. I would like to extend my thanks to Professor Anoop Chauhan and his team for their leadership and also to all the specialties involved for their enthusiastic participation for the benefit of their patients. If you want to know more about the trials or would like to learn more about participating then visit www.portsmouthtechnologiestrialsunit.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Earlier in the week we received a visit from the Care Quality Commission to our Emergency Department, as part of a national programme of reviews undertaken throughout the winter period. The inspection team spent time in the department observing care and speaking with staff and patients. As we know, our emergency department has been incredibly busy during recent weeks and I would like to thank the entire team for accommodating the CQC whilst ensuring our patients were our priority. We expect to receive a draft report from inspectors in the next two weeks before formal publication.
This week, Chief Nurse Theresa Murphy, Medical Director Dr John Knighton and I joined our Chairman, Melloney Poole to meet with our Trust and volunteer chaplains. The Chaplaincy team is employed by the Trust to meet the spiritual and religious needs of patients, relatives and staff members. Many of our chaplains volunteer their time to the Trust and they are an integral part of our support service to both patients and staff. We were delighted to meet them, some for the first time, and offer our thanks for the service they provide. We exchanged ideas as to how the service can be developed.
Further congratulations go to a multi-disciplinary team from the Emergency Department, orthopaedics and anaesthetics teams who have been shortlisted in the British Medical Journal Awards for the ‘anaesthesia and perioperative medicine team’ award. The team worked together to increase the number of fascia iliac blocks (FIB) in patients with hip fractures, which is shown to reduce complications among these frail elderly patients. Prior to starting the project QA ranked in the lowest 25% for the effective use of these blocks, but since implementation the team has increased the number of FIB's performed fourfold, which now ranks us within the top 15 per cent nationally. This is an excellent achievement with fantastic benefits for our patients and I’m delighted their work has been recognised by being shortlisted for this prestigious award. The winner will be announced at the award ceremony on 24 April and we wish them every success on the evening.
Yesterday members of the Trust Board received an update on progress with developing our IT strategy. We heard a summary of the feedback received in recent engagement sessions with staff, patients and partners and how this is being used to bring together an ambitious vision for how we use technology within the Trust. We heard some real examples of how we hope to transform our use of digital technology across the Trust and learnt more about the positive difference this will make to our patients’ experience of care, and to your working lives. The strategy will come to our Board meeting at the beginning of April before being formally launched and I look forward to sharing more detail with you in the coming weeks.
Finally, next Tuesday (5 March) we host our latest series of public meetings. The meetings are a key opportunity for us to update members of our local community about developments across the Trust, as well as answer their questions. Details of the dates and locations have been shared widely across our local communities, on social media, and are available on our website. If you get the opportunity, please feel free to come along and encourage friends, family and patients to join us.
Thank you for all that you do, in pursuit of us delivering the very best care for every one of our patients.
Have a good weekend.