On Tuesday we hosted our Celebrating Diversity event at PHT, which was very well attended. Unfortunately I was unable to be there as I was in London attending a meeting with our Secretary of State for Health and Care, but I have heard from many attendees from across the organisation that it was a great success. In particular, the impressive range of food on offer did not go unnoticed. Special thanks go to Matthew Kuruvilla, Chair of the BAME Network, Ruth Dolby, our Equality and Diversity Lead, and all those involved in making the event such a success.
Some of you will be aware of this already, but 22% of staff at PHT identify themselves as originating from a BAME background. Sadly this level of diversity is not yet reflected in senior leadership positions across the Trust. This is one of the reasons why I’m pleased that we have launched a new leadership development programme specifically for BAME staff, which will complement a wider range of development opportunities on offer to all. The ‘Beyond Boundaries’ programme has been designed to support the leadership development of staff from a BAME background and will be run over a period of five months. I sincerely hope this becomes a catalyst to help ensure the richness of our diversity is reflected at all levels of the organisation in the future. Full details of the programme and application details are available on the intranet. Applications are open until Friday 16 November, so if you are interested, please discuss this with your line manager. I look forward to seeing a strong uptake of the available places and to following the progress of those who join the course.
Yesterday was our monthly Trust Board meeting and whilst I understand it is difficult for many of you to attend, we are always pleased to welcome any member of staff who wishes to observe the discussion and ask questions. This month a large proportion of our discussion centred on the theme of our workforce. It included a powerful patient story from our physiotherapy team in critical care and colleagues in Solent NHS Trust about their work to develop a bespoke rehabilitation package for a particular patient and the impact this had on their recovery. It was an excellent example of the lengths which many of our staff go to deliver true patient centred care. We also received a presentation from Wing Commander Emma Redman, who is the Commanding Officer for Defence Medical Group South. The presentation reminded us of the deep history we share, working in partnership with colleagues from the Military, and the opportunities this brings to all parties, not least our patients. Both presentations were of a high quality and were greatly appreciated by all Board members.
I am always happy to share examples of the excellent services we provide across the Trust, so I was pleased to be contacted by Rachael Wheeler, Lead Surgical Emergency Nurse Practitioner on the Surgical Assessment Unit (SAU). Rachael kindly shared the work the SAU team have been doing to improve patient safety and the quality of care on the Ambulatory unit, which was recently presented at the Wessex Safety, Quality, and Improvement Conference. The changes made have had a real impact on the experience of our patients and perfectly demonstrate how the team is putting our strategy into action, by working together to support safe, high quality, patient focussed care. Thank you to everyone involved in delivering such impressive improvements.
Next Thursday is our Pride of Portsmouth Awards ceremony which recognises the many achievements of our staff and showcases best practice within our organisation. It is an event which my Board colleagues and I enjoy immensely. Best of luck to all the nominees and I look forward to sharing the results with you next week.
Finally, our next Facebook Live session next Tuesday, 6 November at 5pm. We will be talking about our plans for winter and taking your questions on any topic you want to raise. I’m keen to hear from as many of you as possible so please do join us if you can.
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to delivering the best possible care for our patients every day.
Have a great weekend.