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.
In the Health Service Journal this week we were highlighted as one of only eight Trusts in the country to have achieved all three of the efficiency targets set out in the Carter Review.
Today I had the pleasure of attending our first Trust wide patient safety conference. During the event there were numerous examples of patient safety and quality improvement excellence here at the Trust and I was delighted to see so much progress on such an important agenda as we strive to deliver safer and more effective care for every patient.
This time of year can have the reputation of being less favourable for some but in the last couple of weeks I have had the pleasure of being involved in some really positive and uplifting initiatives which I want to share with you.
My message comes to you a day early this week and follows on from my words last week highlighting the need to take prompt action to address our financial situation. Today we have put forward a revised financial target to the Board for approval which means we will end the current financial year with a deficit of £36.8million.
In a week where the headlines have been dominated by news of Carillion, I would like to pay special tribute to colleagues in our Facilities Management services. Following the announcement on Monday, each and every member of support staff has continued to come to work, ensuring that there has been no disruption for our patients.
As the week has progressed we have seen some improvement in the capacity within the hospital which has been the result of an enormous amount of work across all departments and among our local partner organisations. Whilst I suspect things will continue to be challenging for a number of weeks ahead, this demonstrates what can be achieved by everyone pulling together.
I would like to start by wishing you a very happy New Year. I hope that you had some time over the festive period to relax and enjoy time with family and friends.
Following a challenging start to the week, there has been a tremendous team effort to rally around and respond to the emerging winter pressures. We have seen the incidence of Flu increase over the past two weeks and we know this will increase further over the weeks ahead. If you have not yet had your Flu jab, I would encourage you to do so as soon as possible through our Occupational Health team.
I need to start by acknowledging the enormity of the pressures we have been dealing with this week and thanking each and every one of you for the role you have played in responding to them. This is the time of year when we start to see patients presenting with a variety of seasonal related conditions and when plans are put in place across the local system to deal with the additional pressures.
We’ve had a number of visitors to the QA site this week, all of whom have been keen to hear about the improvements we are making and our preparations for winter. On Thursday, Philip Dunne MP and Minister of State for Health visited along with one of our local MPs, Penny Mordaunt - recently appointed Secretary of State for International Development. The Minister for Health met with a group of front-line staff in order to hear more about what it’s like to work here at Portsmouth. The feedback from the Minister was positive and I’d like to thank those who were involved in planning and participating on the day.