At the end of the month, Colonel Neil Mackenzie will be leaving his post as Divisional Director for Surgery and Outpatients. Neil is taking on an additional role with the military which will require him to spend more time outside of the Trust. Dr Barrie Dekker, Consultant Anaesthetist, has been appointed as his successor and is well placed to take on the role, building on the excellent progress Neil and the Divisional leadership team have made in recent months. I would like to thank Neil for his contribution to the leadership of the Trust in a variety of different roles and to wish him every success in his new position.
This week was Nutrition and Hydration week, aimed at raising awareness of the importance of nutrition and hydration in maintaining health and improving wellbeing. As we know, this is incredibly important for our patients as their hydration and nutrition plays a vital role in their maintenance, recovery and rehabilitation. It was also a useful reminder for us all to remember to ensure we take enough food and drink during the working day and it was great to see many examples of this being promoted on our wards and departments across the Trust.
On Wednesday, members of the Executive team joined teams from across the Trust in support of nutrition and hydration week. This provided a great opportunity to learn more about the enormous contribution made every day by the wider multi-disciplinary team, ensuring our patients receive the appropriate diet, support and nutrients best-suited to their condition. Thank you to Sarah Williams, Deputy Head of Dietetics for co-ordinating the series of activities throughout the week and to all who participated in raising the profile of this important agenda.
The call for abstracts for our 2nd PHT Patient Safety conference on 17 May is now open and applications can be made until Friday 26th April. The conference will showcase patient safety and quality improvement initiatives across PHT and we will also hear about the importance of civility in the workplace, in securing safer care for our patients. This is a brilliant opportunity to share examples of good practice, patient safety projects and quality improvement projects that your teams have implemented, so please do come along and share your work for the benefit of others across the Trust. We will also be launching our PHT Quality Improvement Strategy on the same day, which is an exciting and important step towards our continuous improvement aspirations.
Last week we hosted two public meetings in Portchester and Gosport and heard from our local communities about the issues that matter to them. We had some great discussions at both sessions about urgent care, the future NHS workforce and how we can help ensure our local services are sustainable into the future. I am always grateful for the members of our community who attend the sessions as it’s another indicator of the amount of support we have within our community and this is not something I take for granted. There are two further meetings on 20th and 27th March so please spread the word and I will feed back any particular themes within a future update.
Thank you for all that you do to provide the very best care for each of our patients.