On Monday the second cohort of PHT Change Agents attended our Board development session to provide feedback on the work they have been leading throughout Phase 2 of our culture change programme, which is now drawing to an end. I speak on behalf of the Board when I say just how impressed we were with the quality of the work they have produced, in such a short timescale. Their determination, their passion and pride for PHT, is palpable whenever we meet and I am incredibly grateful for the work undertaken by then entire Change Agent team. We will be sharing the outputs from Phase 2 very shortly and we will also be recruiting to the next cohort of over the coming weeks, so if you are either intrigued or you already have a very keen interest, speak to one of our current Change Agents or make contact with Lucy Wiltshire, Head of Organisational Development (email@example.com).
For those of you who attended last week’s Team Brief session, or have since watched it on our PHT YouTube channel, will have heard me speak about the Trust wide campaign we are launching next month, focused on our values. In July last year, to coincide with the launch of our ‘Working Together’ strategy, we refreshed our values, working with you and with input from our patients, to ensure they were “current” and reflected what you felt was most important; Working Together for patients, with compassion, as one team, always improving. One year on from that important milestone we are taking the opportunity to celebrate what our values mean and to share examples of how they make a positive difference to our patients, to all who work at PHT, and our culture.
So why are our values so important? Well, at the most simple level they are our identity, the golden thread that runs through everything we do and the thing that binds us together under the rather large umbrella of PHT. You might have seen our values referenced on a poster, or heard about them at your induction if you recently started in your role, but they are so much more than just a set of words on a page. Over the coming weeks will be publicising a range of activities and initiatives supporting this campaign and I would appreciate your input as we aim to bring our values to life, showing just how important they are in our everyday work. As the campaign gets underway, if you have ideas for how your own teams or departments can contribute and get involved, then we would love to hear from you- please contact Emma McKinney, Director of Communications and Engagement (Emma.McKinney@porthosp.nhs.uk) for more information.
Finally I was delighted to hear this week that we have been named by CHKS Insight as one of the top hospitals in England in 2019. The winners were decided based on an analysis of data supplied by NHS Digital based on indicators including safety, patient experience, and quality of care. This is great feedback from us, but even better for our patients and the communities we serve to know, when they access our services.
Thank you for everything you do to make PHT even better, for every patient we treat and for all of us who work here.