This week we launched our ‘Working Together’ campaign focused on our Trust values, celebrating why they are important and how they make a difference to the care we provide to our patients. During July the focus is on ‘working together with compassion’ and if you haven’t already heard our podcast with Chief Nurse, Liz Rix talking about the importance of compassion then please do take a few minutes to listen to the conversation.
At the start of the week we unveiled our Tree of Compassion in the atrium. The tree is a simple way to share messages from staff and patients of instances where acts of compassion from our teams have made a real difference to patients or staff. Some of them are very moving and show just how often compassion can be about simple acts of kindness. If you haven’t seen it yet, do take a moment to visit the tree and you can also read some of the messages which are being shared via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Towards the end of the week I spent time shadowing one of our local South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) crews out on the road. It has been a long time since I last went out with a crew and the first time since joining the Trust, but it was a great opportunity to consider further opportunities for collaboration with one of our key partners. Needless to say, I was impressed by those I accompanied and I was grateful for the opportunity.
Having recently had the opportunity to visit the Portsmouth UTC, which is fantastic facility on London Rd, I was delighted to meet with the Chair of Trustees and the Principal to discuss ways in which we can work together in the future. I believe it’s a great opportunity for us to work with the leadership team and the students within the UTC, so we can help raise awareness of the diversity of roles and careers within the NHS, those within our local community, and those specifically here at PHT. As the largest employer in Portsmouth, we have an important role to play in providing and investing in career opportunities for those in our community, but also to secure the workforce we need to provide care and treatment for our patients in the years to come.
Thank you, as ever, for all you do.