On Monday I was delighted to be invited along to a meeting of the ‘Pompey Pensioners’, to provide a general update and to talk about activities underway as we prepare for winter. Meeting with groups such as these is vitally important to stay in touch with our local community and I’m pleased to report they were extremely supportive of the hospital and our staff. I look forward to meeting with them again in the near future.
This week I welcomed a further 81 new recruits to the Trust and among them was our new Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, Nicole Cornelius. Nicole has extensive experience of the public sector including several years with Hampshire Police and I am pleased to welcome her to the Trust leadership team. As Nicole joins us I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Mark Power who held the Director role on an interim basis but was an integral part of the team and made a huge contribution during his time with us. We wish him every success in his new role with NHS Improvement.
It always gives me great pleasure to share news of the success of our teams and it has been particularly busy on this front recently. Firstly congratulations go to our haematology team who have been granted accreditation by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). UKAS measure services against national standards and confirmation of the accreditation means our patients can be assured they are receiving a high quality service. I would like to thank and congratulate all those involved as there has been a lot of time and effort dedicated to completing the accreditation process. This is no easy task.
Some of you may be aware that a lot of work has been done in recent months to ensure the Trust meets the requirements of the national seven day services programme. This programme is designed to ensure patients that are admitted as an emergency, receive high quality consistent care, whatever day of the week they enter hospital. We have now achieved the threshold for all four priority clinical standards and have exceeded the standard set for us in one of the standards. Many people have contributed to this successful outcome but I would like to particularly thank Mr Constantinos Yiangou, Associate Medical Director, whose leadership has been instrumental in this achievement.
I was also pleased to learn that we were the highest overall recruiter to the BSRBR-RA research study for September 2018. The study is funded by the British Society for Rheumatology and monitors the long-term safety of biologic, biosimilar and other targeted therapies in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Congratulations to the rheumatology department for their ongoing hard work to ensure our patients are able to benefit from research studies such as this.
Last week there was much excitement as we received delivery of our upgraded surgical Da Vinci robot and patients will start to benefit from the new technology from next week. This next edition of the technology means better outcomes for our patients and I am grateful to all those in the surgical teams for their work in making it happen. We remain the leading centre for robotic surgery and this will ensure our surgical teams remain at the forefront of this technology.
Today we held a Listening Into Action event focused on how we can improve the working lives of staff working at the Trust, who report experience of violence or aggression in the workplace. The Trust Leadership Team is absolutely committed to make improvements in this area and I am grateful to all of those who attended the session to share their experiences and thoughts about how we can reduce the risk of such incidents. I hope to be able to share a full update with you in the next couple of weeks.
Finally, this afternoon Director of Communications and Engagement, Emma McKinney and I hosted our second Facebook Live broadcast on the theme of ‘working together’. I’m pleased to report that we had lots of input from staff and members of the public. If you were unable to catch the broadcast live you can watch again via our Trust Facebook page. As ever- your feedback is appreciated.
Thank you for the hard work, professionalism and commitment you show to our patients every day.