At the end of last week we celebrated the end of the first intake of our ‘Beyond Boundaries’ programme which focuses on improving the work experience and leadership development of our BAME staff. 24 members of staff from a range of backgrounds including administrative, medical, scientific, nursing, psychology and physiotherapy took part in the five month programme which began in January. I was unable to be there on this occasion but Melloney Poole, Trust Chairman and Nicole Cornelius, Director of Workforce and Organisation Development presented our participants with their completion certificates. Feedback from the attendees has been overwhelmingly positive and the programme will be running again later this year. Any member of BAME staff who would like to register their interest can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call extension 5071.
Continuing the theme of our support for inclusion and diversity, I am delighted that we are soon to be introducing the NHS rainbow badge to PHT. First introduced by the Evelina London Children’s hospital and now being adopted across the NHS, the badges were designed as a way to show that NHS Trusts offer non-judgemental and inclusive care for patients and their families who identify as LGBT+. Wearing the badge identifies staff members as someone who the public can approach to ask questions. I will be wearing my badge with pride and if you would like to do the same you can sign up here.
Following a competitive selection process led by our incoming Chief Nurse, Liz Rix we have appointed two excellent individuals to the role of Deputy Chief Nurse. Later in the summer Kate Pye will be joining us from NHS Improvement and Tina Heatherington from Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. I’m looking forward to them both joining the leadership team as they build on the progress which Paul Bytheway, Steve Thomas and Jane Druce have taken forward in recent months, for which I am very grateful.
Liz will be joining us on Monday 10 June and for those who didn’t get the opportunity to meet her at our recent Patient Safety conference, we have put together a schedule of some of her activities during her first few weeks. The programme includes a number of Open Sessions for all groups of staff to meet Liz, hear about her plans and ask any questions you may have, so please spread the word amongst your colleagues
This week the hospital has once again experienced high levels of demand for our urgent care services. Efforts to de-escalate the site and improve flow across the hospital, both from our own staff and among our partners made an impact towards the end of the week, but there is more to do to sustain this. Throughout this coming week, Portsmouth is hosting a number of dignitaries and is the focus for a series of national events to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. We anticipate that there will be large numbers of visitors to the City and it is possible that this will have an impact on demand for urgent care. Given the increase in demand we have experienced in recent weeks we have been making preparations to ensure we are equipped to respond and detailed plans are in place. Briefings have been set up for leadership teams across the hospital during next week where our plans will be shared. If you have any queries about what this may mean for you please speak directly with your line manager.
The events will also impact on traffic congestion so please take note of the travel advice that has been shared through Trust Talk and is available on the intranet and allow extra time for your journey to and from work.
Thank you for all that you do every day for the patients and communities we serve.