This week I want to highlight the contribution of Emily Etheridge, one of our paediatric nurses which was brought to my attention by Sophie Robertson, consultant paediatrician
On Monday, coinciding with World Cancer Day, our new linear accelerator (linac) was used to treat patients for the first time. Since the linac arrived on site in October last year, a huge amount of work has been put in by our radiotherapy department and medical physics teams to ensure the state-of-the-art equipment was installed on time and our cancer patients were able to start benefitting from the latest technology as quickly as possible
The past week has continued to be extremely busy for the hospital and this is a picture which is mirrored across the country, especially as the temperatures have dropped in recent days and snow has appeared in the past 24hrs. Our Emergency Department has seen almost 1,000 more patients during January compared with last year and this additional level of pressure is felt across all areas of the hospital
We have been incredibly busy across the QA site this week as many of you will have experienced. This level of pressure is of course not entirely unusual for this time of year, with patients presenting with more seasonal presentations, while at the same time, the number of patients awaiting support with their discharge, has increased over the past week
On Monday the Long Term Plan for the NHS was unveiled by Chief Executive of the NHS, Simon Stevens. The plan sets out an ambitious future for the NHS and fundamental to delivering it will be ensuring many of the longstanding workforce challenges across the service are addressed
In my first message of 2019 I’m delighted to begin with some extremely positive news. We have been informed by CQC that all five of the enforcement actions they had put in place following their inspections of the Trust over the past two years, have been lifted
During the course of the past week, I, along with other members of the Executive team, have been out and about across the Trust, in order to talk to many of you and express our thanks for working throughout the Christmas period
I’m delighted to begin by confirming that we will be hosting a further celebration event for nursing staff for the second consecutive year in 2019. As you may remember, former patient Paul Thomas supported and hosted the event last year and has kindly offered to do so again
This morning we hosted our latest Executive Roadshow which was focused on the subject of IT
As you may have seen from my message this morning, we are delighted with the news that the Department of Health and Social Care has allocated the Trust £58million to transform our urgent care services
I would like to begin by thanking you all for your assistance in helping us support colleagues from University Hospital Southampton on Wednesday
This week I was privileged to be given the opportunity to takeover the @NHS Twitter account. Each week the account is hosted by a patient or member of NHS staff to give an insight into their daily life
My message this week is slightly longer than usual as it has been a busy week, but don’t let that put you off…. Today we are delighted to announce that we are one of 24 NHS bodies to be awarded Veteran Aware status, having been accredited by the Veterans Covenant Hospital Alliance
On Tuesday we hosted our Celebrating Diversity event at PHT, which was very well attended. Unfortunately I was unable to be there as I was in London attending a meeting with our Secretary of State for Health and Care, but I have heard from many attendees from across the organisation that it was a great success
Our preparations for winter are well underway and for the past ten days, the impact of the initiatives we have been talking about for some months has been apparent
As some of you may have seen on social media, Monday was national ‘AHPs day’, dedicated to recognising the work of Allied Health Professionals across the NHS
On Wednesday I, along with other members of the Trust Leadership Team, spent time shadowing colleagues around the Trust to learn more about their roles and the services they provide to our patients
On Monday I was delighted to be invited along to a meeting of the ‘Pompey Pensioners’, to provide a general update and to talk about activities underway as we prepare for winter
Many of you will have received your personal copy of the NHS annual staff survey this week. The survey is an important way for all members of staff to share their views on a range of topics about their experience at work including development opportunities, health and wellbeing, staff engagement and opportunities to raise concerns
As the end of the summer draws near our attention is turning to the approach of winter. A lot of preparation work has already been done, working together with our local partners, to help ensure we are as prepared as possible to respond
I am very much aware of pressures being experienced by some staff on a daily basis. We know there are hotspots in a number of staff groups, and in a number of specialties and will be having wider conversations about what we are doing to address staffing challenges
Our hospital is opening its doors to the public once again this year for our annual Open Day, taking place on Saturday 13th October between 10.30am and 3pm
A few weeks ago I mentioned our plans to examine the issue of violence and aggression against our staff and to make some recommendations to help address it
This week I was delighted to be invited to join the panel for the latest in our monthly Schwartz Rounds. The topic this month was ‘When we cannot fix it’ and each panellist shared a story from, on this occasion, their clinical careers
This week I was pleased to receive positive feedback from the Head of the School of Surgery at Health Education England following their recent visit the trauma and orthopaedic surgical department to assess the support and development provided to surgical trainees
Next week (31 July) marks a year since I joined the Trust and I couldn’t let it pass without reflecting on what we have achieved together in that time
I’m delighted to start this week’s update with news of a learning exchange partnership with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
At the start of the week, similar to other hospitals up and down the country, we experienced increased bed pressures due to increased attendances and admissions, related to the hot weather
Yesterday, across the country the NHS celebrated its 70th birthday. It was uplifting to see the affection, warmth and gratitude reflected locally and nationally for our treasured institution
In recent weeks we have been privileged to welcome a number of high profile visitors to the Trust and this week has been no exception. Today I was pleased to meet with local MP for Gosport, Caroline Dineage
Yesterday I had the pleasure of welcoming Pauline Philip back to the Trust to visit our Emergency Department. Pauline is National Urgent and Emergency Care Director for NHS England and NHS Improvement and last visited the Trust a year ago
This week is national equality, diversity and human rights week and to coincide with it I’m delighted that we have been chosen to be one of NHS Employers Diversity and Inclusion Partners for 2018/19. The applications to be considered as a Partner came from across the NHS, so it is a huge honour to be selected.
Yesterday completed the second and final part of our CQC inspection and I would like to extend my sincere thanks to you all for your contribution throughout.
As you will be aware, today the Care Quality Commission published an inspection report into our urgent and emergency care service following an unannounced inspection at the end of February. Their focus was on how the hospital responded to the extreme pressures over winter and some of the difficulties we experienced at points throughout this period.
On Monday I was privileged to be invited to the celebration event for our re-accreditation for the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark which assess whether cancer care environments meet the standards required by people living with cancer.
On Monday, I was delighted to give a very warm welcome to 51 new recruits to PHT at one of our regular Trust induction sessions. I was able to meet staff from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines who will now join teams across the organisation
Over the Easter weekend I spent time visiting departments across the Trust and it was clear that the flow of patients through the hospital has greatly improved.
Yesterday we received the fantastic news that we will benefit from a share of £17.3million allocated by the Government to invest in local health services across Hampshire.
Yesterday I was delighted to welcome Professor Michael West to the Trust to open our first leadership summit and support the launch of our new cultural change programme. Michael spoke passionately about the importance of leadership in defining an organisation’s culture and in particular he emphasised the role of compassionate leadership.
Following last week’s cold weather the hospital has continued to experience peaks of pressure in the Emergency Department. Whilst we have been able to respond to the surges in demand and recover more quickly than we would have been able to some months ago, it has been a very challenging time and I am grateful for the efforts of all those who have continued to support improvements in this area.
We are in the midst of a challenging few days as we deal with the extreme weather conditions we have seen across the country and have experienced locally
On Friday we hosted a visit from NHS Improvement’s Medical Director and Chief Operating Officer, Dr Kathy McLean. Kathy spent time in the Emergency Department and AMU. She also visited maternity and our NICU unit as well as hosting a meeting with a range of staff from across the hospital.