This week I was pleased to receive positive feedback from the Head of the School of Surgery at Health Education England following their recent visit the trauma and orthopaedic surgical department to assess the support and development provided to surgical trainees. The school of surgery last visited in December 2017 and had highlighted some areas for improvement. Since then the team have been working hard to improve on the issues identified and it is encouraging to see this has been recognised during this recent visit. Many thanks to all those who contributed to the improvements noted.
As you may have seen through the update in Trust Talk, we have finalised further appointments to the new Divisional structure with confirmation of the new Care Group Directors. This week Dr Matthew Hayman joined us as Divisional Director for Networked Services and Louise Fox, Divisional Nurse Director for Medicine and Urgent Care joins us in two weeks. I’m also pleased to announce that Ben Goodwin has been appointed as Divisional Nurse Director in Surgery and Outpatients. Ben is currently working at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and will join us in September. The final vacancy within the Divisional leadership teams is the Director of Operations for Networked Services which we are actively recruiting to.
Each year at the beginning of August we see a new intake of junior doctors and a change in rotations in hospitals and throughout England. I had the pleasure of meeting some of our new recruits earlier in the week and I am sure you will join me in welcoming those Drs who are new to PHT and those on rotation and are returning to us. I am confident that you will find PHT to be a place where all staff will readily offer assistance to help you navigate your way around the hospital and will signpost you to helpful information about the Trust, should your require it. I look forward to working with you all and to meeting with many of you in due course.
Yesterday we had the opportunity to welcome members from our Inclusion, Equality and Diversity group to our monthly Trust Board meeting to talk openly and frankly about their experience of working at PHT and the work they are doing on their respective steering groups or networks. I’m pleased that we are now applying much more focus on this important agenda, but I fully appreciate there is a lot more to do. I am grateful to Mathew Kurvilla, Osvaldo De Alva and John Roskilly for sharing their experiences, and to Ruth Dolby, our Equality and Diversity Lead for supporting our efforts to improve the working lives of staff across the Trust.
Now the hot weather has returned, we are only too aware that parts of the hospital can become uncomfortable for patients and for many of you when the temperatures rise. Having visited a number of areas across the Trust this afternoon, I appreciate the additional difficulties this causes in a number of areas. Please do ensure you don’t forget to look after yourselves by drinking plenty of fluids, as many of you will be ensuring our patients are kept hydrated whilst in our care. In an effort to ease some of the discomfort over this weekend we have asked our facilities management teams to provide chilled bottled water to departments over the weekend. We have also agreed that uniformed staff who usually wear trousers to work can temporarily wear dark coloured short trousers, as long as they are in keeping with the Trusts uniform policy. Clearly we ask for judgement to be applied when considering the appropriateness of clothing- e.g. no Bermuda shorts!
Finally, over the next few weeks you will also start to see some of our doctors wearing colour coded lanyards. This is an initiative instigated by our Chief Registrars to allow doctors to be easily identified according to their level of experience. Doctors of all levels work together as part of different teams which may change on a frequent basis to allow for shift patterns and to provide the best care for patients. The lanyards aim to improve communication between doctors, patients and other staff as well as improve patient safety, particularly in emergency situations. Below are the colours of the lanyards and the grade of doctor they correspond to. Patients may be cared for by a wide range of health professionals and we know that this can sometimes be confusing for them and their relatives. This scheme is just one way we can help to make things more easily understandable.
As ever, thank you for the efforts you go to, in supporting the delivery of the very best care to each of our patients.