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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 15 February 2019

Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 15 February 2019
18 February 2019

Dear colleagues,

This week I want to highlight the contribution of Emily Etheridge, one of our paediatric nurses which was brought to my attention by Sophie Robertson, consultant paediatrician. Emily was nominated for the paediatric team’s monthly ‘Extra Mile’ award by the mother of a young patient who had recently been cared for in the department. Emily had certainly gone the extra mile to help him feel at ease by taking time to get to know him and as a result she learnt about his love of Harry Potter. In her spare time Emily wrote a short story based around Harry Potter and incorporated a character with the same medical condition to help put him at ease and ensure his time in hospital was less daunting. How Emily cared for her patient perfectly exemplifies two of our core values of working together ‘for patients’, ‘with compassion’.

On Wednesday I spent time with our portering team learning more about their role and the vital contribution they make to the care we provide to patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As with other Executive colleagues who have spent time with the porters, I was extremely impressed by the personal touch they bring to each patient’s experience within the hospital. Thank you to Mike Ireton and his team for making me so welcome and showing me the ropes.

It is with regret I let you know that Dr Matt Hayman, Divisional Director for Networked Services will be leaving the Trust at the end of March. Interviews for Matt’s successor have taken place and I hope to be able to announce the new appointment next week. I would like to thank Matt for his contribution to the organisation during his time at in Portsmouth and I wish him all the best for his future career.

During the last week we have continued to see an increase in attendances at our Emergency Department. We have also seen an increase in GP admissions in the latter part of the week. However, I am pleased to report that despite being on OPEL 4 on Sunday and Monday, we have seen a return to normal medical admissions and a reduction in medical outliers. We have now been able to de-escalate to OPEL 2 as we head in to the weekend. Thank you to everyone for their continuing hard work in continuing hard work.

Next week (18-24 February) is PHT Breast Screening Awareness Week which has been organised by our breast services department to highlight the importance of screening to our local communities.  During 2017/18 72.5% of women aged 50-70 in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire who were invited for breast screening took up the offer, meaning that over 6,700 women missed out on this potentially life saving check. Spurred into action, Jenny Davis and her screening team took the initiative to organise a week of awareness activities to help promote uptake among local women. Next week there will be a range of activity including a video which has been produced to explain the screening process and what women can expect during their visit, as uncertainty around this can sometimes lead to the invitation for screening not being taken up. I’m grateful to Jenny and her team for their passion and enthusiasm to promote the benefits of early detection and ensure more women in our local communities can take advantage of this important service. 

Finally, I’m pleased to let you know that our respiratory choir have released their latest musical venture, ‘Why MCA?’. The aim is to help staff gain a more humorous understanding of the Mental Capacity Act. Please take a few minutes to watch the video. Thanks once again to Bev Vaughan and her team for their hard work and novel approach to helping raise awareness of the issue.

Thank you for the ongoing contribution you make to our patients each and every day.


Mark Cubbon

Chief Executive

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