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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 12 October 2018
15 October 2018

Dear colleagues,

On Wednesday I, along with other members of the Trust Leadership Team, spent time shadowing colleagues around the Trust to learn more about their roles and the services they provide to our patients. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with our midwifery and obstetric teams on our Maternity Unit as well as with the paediatric team in the Children’s Assessment Unit. Both services were rather busy and I was impressed by the professionalism with which they responded to the sometimes complex clinical cases which presented. Thank you to both teams for the very warm welcome you provided and for sharing your thoughts about the future of your services.

This week has seen an increasing level of demand on our urgent care services. On Monday the Emergency Department saw 404 patients- equalling the highest number of attendances ever seen by the department in one day. The number of attendances and admissions has remained high throughout the week and this has been consistent with other Trusts across the country. There has been huge effort from many teams right across the hospital, and in the community, to respond to the surge in activity and ensure our patients are treated as quickly as possible. It is a measure of how well we responded that we were able to reduce the escalation capacity, improve flow and waiting times for our patients. Thank you to everyone for ‘pulling out the stops’. After such a busy week and as we prepare for winter, this is a timely reminder for us all to ensure we look after ourselves and each other.  

Against this backdrop staff in ED also took part in a ‘Perfect Care’ event which provides an opportunity for us to further improve our focus on patient safety and challenge ourselves to ensure we are providing the best possible care for our patients. When I visited I saw huge amounts of activity underway and heard positive discussions about initiatives to help us improve and I would like to thank all of those involved to make the event such a success.

Today we hosted our second leadership summit, which was an opportunity for us to bring together a group of leaders from across the organisation, to provide an update on our progress and learn more about our priority areas of focus for the next six months. The theme was ‘Leading for Improvement’ and included input from both Peter Homa, Chair of the NHS Leadership Academy and Adam Sewell-Jones, Executive Director for Improvement at our regulator, NHS Improvement. There is clear evidence that organisations with strong leadership at all levels deliver better outcomes for their patients and so our Board is committed to investing in developing our leadership community, right across the Trust. Our leadership development programme will be rolled out across the organisation in the New Year and I look forward to sharing more details with you soon. Thank you to all those who provided cover for the operational running of the site to ensure other members of the team could join us today.

During the week we had our first confirmed inpatient case of flu. This is very early in the season but underlines the importance of making sure we all protect ourselves and our patients by ensuring we are vaccinated.  Following their instant success with their debut single – "Every breath you take"  the Respiratory Choir have been working their magic once again and have produced their very own ‘take’ on a Take That classic to promote the flu vaccination. Please take a look, then take their advice and get yourself protected by getting the vaccination.

I’m pleased to report that the annual Portsmouth Regional Anaesthesia Course was held on  21 September 2018 and has been hailed a great success. Attended by anaesthetists from all around the country and an international observer, the day included teaching sessions, talks and supervised scanning and line insertion. Many thanks to Dr Harsimran Singh, Dr Fidel Bayshev and Dr James Dinsmore for organising the day.

Finally, a brief reminder that tomorrow is our Open Day from 10.30am-3pm offering the opportunity for our local community to pay us a visit and to learn more about our hospital. A number of exhibition and information stands will be in the Education centre and we will be hosting a series of tours of departments across the Trust. For those of you who are attending, please do encourage your friends and family to come along for what promises to be an excellent day.

As ever, thank you for all that you do and remember to take a minute to consider the lives you touch every single day, by the individual contribution you make.


Mark Cubbon

Chief Executive

Working together to drive excellence in care for our patients and communities


Queen Alexandra Hospital
Cosham, Portsmouth
Tel: 023 9228 6000

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