Throughout the past weeks there has been sustained pressure across the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire ‘local system’, as we respond to an increase in the number of patients requiring access to urgent care services, and ensure the timely discharge of patients into the community once they are ready to leave. This has been felt by many teams right across the Trust, but notably within our Emergency Department. We are continuing to work to make a series of internal improvements and at the same time we are working together with our system partners to identify where we can take collective action to ensure patients receive an improved experience. Thank you to every member of staff for working relentlessly to provide the best possible care to all of our patients.
This week I was delighted to receive news from the British Medical Association (BMA) of £30,000 funding to help improve the working conditions for our junior doctors. This is part of a national programme of funding for all NHS Trusts which was announced by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care late last year. This additional funding is extremely welcome and our current Chief Registrar, Amanda Laird will be working with the Junior Doctors’ Forum and Medical Director Dr John Knighton to determine where the funding will have the greatest impact.
As you know Chris Adcock will be leaving the Trust at the end of June and we have now completed the selection process to appoint his successor as Chief Financial Officer. I’m delighted to confirm that Mark Orchard, currently Director of Finance at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will be taking up the role. Mark, who lives locally, has over twenty years’ experience in NHS finance roles including with NHS England (Wessex). Mark has been closely involved in the work to develop an Integrated Care System in Dorset and this strong partnership working approach is exactly what we have been developing in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire. I’m looking forward to Mark joining the team to continue the good progress we are making.
In the same spirit of partnership working, Director of Communications and Engagement, Emma McKinney is stepping down from her role to lead the Communications and Engagement for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight CCG Partnership. This is a fantastic opportunity for Emma to continue the work she has done on developing strategic communications throughout her time at PHT. As we move towards a more integrated way of working, communications will have a central role in bringing our communities and partners with us and I’m pleased that she will be working closely with us as a member of our local commissioning team. The process to appoint her successor has commenced and I hope to make an appointment in the summer.
Finally, we have seen some great progress recruiting to some long standing vacancies within our chaplaincy team following a selection process which involved our volunteers and a member of the local Diocese, representing the Bishop. Our chaplains provide an essential service to both staff and patients in the organisation and I look forward to welcoming the new members of the team into the Trust. Our chaplains also support us in marking occasions of significance and I’m pleased that they will be assisting in a service of remembrance to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day to be held in the Atrium at 11am on Thursday 6 June. Further details will be circulated shortly but please do make a note to join us if you can
Thank you, as ever, for all you do.