I was delighted to join the Research and Innovation Team on Monday to celebrate the end of the Vision D study. The trial involved using an iPad camera and advanced software to detect the vital signs of patients by simply taking a photo. This was the first study of its kind and is the largest ever digital physiological trial undertaken, with an incredible 8,585 people taking part. This is already having a hugely positive impact, and could benefit many more patients in the future. Congratulations to the Research and Innovation Team for this outstanding achievement and to everyone who took the time to participate in the study.
Earlier this week we welcomed Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England, to the Trust. During her time with us, Ruth spoke about her priorities for the profession nationally, including ongoing efforts to address some of the national workforce challenges. We were also able to share some of our own successes in recruitment to our nursing workforce. Ruth was impressed by the teams she visited and those she met. Congratulations to Colin Beevor, one of our Matrons, who was presented with a silver Chief Nursing Officer award during the visit. This is a great achievement and is well deserved.
Following the publication of our Trust Strategy, Working Together, in July last year, our Workforce and Organisational Development strategy, Working Together to Invest in our People, has now been published. This document has been developed with our patients, staff and partners and sets out a number of key work-streams to strengthen our workforce by ensuring we have the right number of staff, with the skills we need, to deliver the best care to our patients. The strategy also sets out our absolute commitment to support the health and well-being for all who work at PHT. Our Workforce team will be holding a number of open briefing sessions, but in the meantime, please do have a look through the document if you get the chance to do so.
Our Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) network continues to go from strength to strength and I have heard a lot of positive feedback from this week’s meeting. The network relaunched almost 18 months ago and is making great progress. If you haven’t been to one of the meetings before, do go along and spend some time if you can as everyone is invited to attend. The energy of the network membership, their motivation and the work programme they have put together is quite impressive. The dates of future meetings can be found on the Intranet and will be advertised in Trust Talk.
Following the success of our second annual Junior Doctor Awards in June, the Consultant Awards were created to recognise the hard work and excellent training provided by our Consultants across the Trust. More than 100 nominations were received from our Junior Doctors. I was pleased to hear that Dr Chris Vorwek, ED Consultant was the winner of the Clinical Educator Award, Dr Suresh Babu, Respiratory Consultant, has been awarded the Inspiring Role Model Award, and Dr Richard Hull, Rheumatology Consultant, has received a special recognition award acknowledging his valuable efforts in PACES teaching for Medical SHOs. Congratulations to the winners and to everyone nominated.
Finally, earlier this week we received an award in recognition of being named one of the top Trusts in the UK by CHKS, which is a leading provider of healthcare intelligence and quality improvement services. The award follows an independent assessment of evidence-based improvements we have made in a number of important areas throughout 2018, compared to 2017. This is encouraging progress and is positive news for our patients and local community.
Thank you, as ever, for the fantastic work you do each and every day.