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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 26 October 2018

Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 26 October 2018
29 October 2018

Dear colleagues,

Our preparations for winter are well underway and for the past ten days, the impact of the initiatives we have been talking about for some months has been apparent. It may feel as though we talk about winter a lot, but I know from speaking to many of you, who work right across the Trust, the impact of winter pressures and the consequences of having an over full hospital impacts on a great number of patients, staff and departments. It is for that reason I want to ensure we are all up to speed with our preparations. 

Half term week is often a challenge for many hospitals and communities, which is why we planned to have three quarters of the additional capacity we need out of hospital to support earlier discharges, ahead of winter, open and available, by this week. This milestone has been achieved with support of our local commissioners, Southern Health NHSFT, Solent Community Trust, Hampshire County Council and Portsmouth City Council. We are now focused on sustaining this additional capacity and increasing it further, over the coming weeks.

Below is a comparison of the Trust escalation levels we have seen this week, compared to the same week last year. I have spoken to many of you over the past week, and it has been great to hear that this difference has been felt across the QA site.

























In addition to the additional capacity being available, the early signs of improvement are a reflection of the continued hard work and commitment of our own teams by ensuring we are all doing what we can to avoid all delays for our patients. At the time of writing this, we have 78 empty beds across the Trust as we go into the evening.

For those who use the east entrance, you will have noticed the arrival of our temporary CT scanner which will help us to ensure patients have more timely access to CT scans throughout the winter period. This will improve the waiting times for all patients including those with suspected cancers, to have an earlier diagnosis. Thank you to our Imaging Team and all of our staff who have ensured the CT scanner was delivered and installed successfully. We are expecting the scanner to be up and running from Monday.

Throughout winter your health and wellbeing is a priority for me and the leadership team of the Trust. It is a time when we are busier than normal and we have the potential to feel under the weather, which is the reason why we are ensuring there are additional facilities and resources to support your wellbeing at work. These range from the Oasis Wellbeing Centre to the Aquilis Counselling and Meditation services, stress management and resilience workshops and fast track physiotherapy. As ever, if you’re worried or concerned about anything, our Freedom to speak Up Team will be on hand to provide support.

To find out more about our Winter Plan and how it fits in with the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire plan, please do join one of the sessions held by Paul Bytheway, Chief Operating Officer. The next session will be held from 1-2pm in D360 on D Level on Tuesday 30 October and from 10-11am in Room F, The Education Centre on E level on Thursday 8 November.  Paul is also attending a number of other forums across the Trust.

Thank you to all of you who have already had your flu vaccinations. I had mine this week as well. To those who haven’t yet, it is really important that you do so as early as possible. As many of us know only too well, flu had a significant impact on our patients, the local community and our hospital last year so it is vitally important that we all make sure we protect ourselves and in turn, our patients.

Everyone is invited to join us for a service to commemorate Armistice Day. We are extremely proud of our historic links to the military and we take pride in our role in supporting serving military personnel and veterans within our community.  

During the past year we have pledged our support to the Armed Forces community by signing the Armed Forces covenant and we will be proud to reflect on that commitment during the service. We have recently sought accreditation to be a Veteran Aware hospital and hope to be able to announce the outcome of our application soon, recognising the work of many of our teams in honouring the service given by the Armed Forces family to the local community.

As this year marks the centenary of the Armistice we are also inviting you to share three words about what the armed forces mean to you today. Your contributions will be put on public display here at QA. Please send your contributions to our communications team at: communications@porthosp.nhs.uk. Our commemorative service will be held in the hospital chapel at 11am on Friday 9th November. Please join us if you are free.

Finally, yesterday I held the first in our latest series of public meetings, which was held at Emsworth Community Centre. These meetings are central to ensuring we stay in touch with our local community and provide an opportunity for people to discuss issues relating to the Trust that matter most to them. The meeting was well attended and we covered a wide range of topics, from developments on the QA site, our Trust Strategy and our extensive preparations for winter. The next meeting will be held at the Royal Maritime Club in Queen Street, Portsmouth, from 3:30pm to 5pm on Monday.

Have a good weekend and as ever, thank you for all that you do.


Mark Cubbon

Chief Executive

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