This week we were fortunate to host a visit from Baroness Dido Harding, Chair of NHS Improvement and Anne Eden, Regional Director for NHS England/Improvement. We met with some of our clinical teams working across our urgent care pathway as well as critical care and some members of our research department. Our guests were impressed by all they met and while recognising some of the improvements we are keen to make, they appreciated our ambition as an organisation and gained a stronger appreciation of the diverse range of services we provide.
The work to develop our Digital Strategy is continuing and to help us support this important piece of work I’m delighted to announce the appointment of four Digital Programme Clinicians. They are:
These individuals will act as champions for digitally-enabled changes. Working closely with our Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) Dr David Murday, they will look for opportunities where we can improve patient care and outcomes through digital means. They will work alongside Divisions, Care Groups, expert clinical leads and others to understand their needs and priority areas. Their initial focus will be on improving experience in outpatient clinics for both clinicians and patients but their scope will be expanded to a range of other areas. Plans are in place to recruit to similar roles among our junior doctors and other members of the multi-disciplinary team. This is a really exciting time with lots of opportunities to use digital technology more effectively to improve how we work together as a Trust, how we work with our ‘partners’ and how we support the delivery of care to our patients. I look forward to hearing more about their progress.
A few weeks ago I mentioned the recent work we have been doing to explore how we can work more closely with our colleagues in primary care and highlighted our plans to re-establish the GP-consultant exchange programme. The programme will allow both professions to better understand each other’s roles, break down the barriers that can sometimes exist between primary and secondary care and help us understand how we can work together to make improvements for our patients. This will be the first time the exchange has been repeated and represents an exciting opportunity to get involved in a piece of work which will impact on how our local approach to integrated care develops. Medical Director, Dr John Knighton is currently looking for volunteers from our consultant body to take part in the exchange. If you are interested please contact him via John.Knighton@porthosp.nhs.uk
As we head into the Easter weekend I would like to say thank you to all those who will be working over the bank holiday period, perhaps spending less time with friends and family in order to help look after our patients. I was very touched this week to learn that Kay Quinton, a local resident in Cosham, delivered nine hand knitted Easter bunnies to our Maternity Outpatients Department. Once again this is a reflection of the huge generosity of spirit within our local community towards the hospital and is appreciated by us all. Thank you to Kay and the many other members of our community who so generously give of their time to make our patients’ stay in our hospital more comfortable.
Finally, today we de-escalated to OPEL 1 for the first time since December. This has not happened by chance, but is a result of the hard work and deliberate effort from many teams across the Trust and the support from our local partners. Thank you to all involved.
Have a great weekend.