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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 01 December 2019

There has been a significant amount of effort from teams across our hospital, and from the health and care providers within Portsmouth and SE Hampshire, to develop plans which will help to alleviate the high levels of bed occupancy we have been experiencing of late

02 December 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 24 November 2019

There are too many occasions where patients who arrive by ambulance experience delays in entering our Emergency Department (ED) at its busiest times

25 November 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 17 November 2019

We continue to work with service leads across PHT, and with our partner organisations, to drive improvements in flow across the site and reduce delays for patients attending our Emergency Department (ED)

18 November 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 12 November 2019

Despite the range of improvements made across urgent care, we’ve experienced periods of significant pressure across the site this week and I’m only too aware of the impact this has on our patients whose experience is affected, and on those individuals and teams involved in their care

11 November 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Monday 04 November 2019

On Thursday of last week, Melloney Poole, our Chair, and Nicole Cornelius, Director of Workforce and OD and I, were delighted to have the opportunity to say thank you to a small group of individuals who between them have dedicated an incredible 329 years of service to the Trust

04 November 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 27 October 2019

Our fourth Leadership Summit was held just over a week ago and focused on the importance of inclusive leadership. I’m delighted that over 150 leaders from across the Trust engaged in the event, taking time out to connect with colleagues across a range of disciplines and departments, sharing personal stories and experiences

29 October 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 20 October 2019

As we prepare for the upcoming winter period, we know that it’s one of the busiest times of the year for the NHS and so it’s important that we all take time to consider our own health and wellbeing, so as to be in the best possible shape to care for those who need us most.

24 October 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 13 October 2019

Our preparations for the upcoming flu season are well underway and our Trust-wide vaccination programme is gathering momentum. I encourage everyone to get the flu jab to help ensure that you, our patients and their families, are protected

14 October 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 06 October 2019

This week has been a particularly challenging one for those teams working across the urgent care pathway, as we have encountered more delays than we would like, when discharging some of our patients into the community for their on-going care

14 October 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 27 September 2019

This week our Trust Board approved the strategic outline case for the £58m capital investment we were allocated to develop new emergency care facilities on the QA site. 

01 October 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 06 September 2019

On Tuesday I was delighted to present our Annual Report and Accounts for 2018/19, at our Annual General Meeting (AGM)

09 September 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 01 September 2019

We had a very busy start to the week with a high volume of patients attending, and requiring admission via our Emergency Department (ED)

02 September 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 25 August 2019

This week I was delighted to confirm the launch of our PHT Staff Benefits Brochure. For the first time, we have a brochure which provides a comprehensive list of benefits available to us all, as employees of PHT

27 August 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 18 August 2019

I enjoyed being out and about this week as part of the Executive Team’s ‘Working Together’ programme. The main purpose is to see and hear how things are going for you as individuals, but also for your teams and services

19 August 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 11 August 2019

This week I was able to spend time with our IT team at our Rodney Road site and as ever, was hugely impressed by their motivation, enthusiasm and focus

12 August 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 04 August 2019

I was delighted to join the Research and Innovation Team on Monday to celebrate the end of the Vision D study. The trial involved using an iPad camera and advanced software to detect the vital signs of patients by simply taking a photo

05 August 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 28 July 2019

This week has seen temperatures rise across the country and indeed, here at Portsmouth. It was clear as I’ve been out and about this week, that although we have all been affected by the weather in some way, there are parts of the hospital, notably in the older parts of our estate, where it has been incredibly uncomfortable for patients and many members of staff

29 July 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Saturday 13 July 2019

I was contacted recently by Carley Young, who was originally a Healthcare Support Worker in our fracture clinic who went on to train to be a Registered Nurse with us

15 July 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Monday 08 July 2019

This week we launched our ‘Working Together’ campaign focused on our Trust values, celebrating why they are important and how they make a difference to the care we provide to our patients

08 July 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 30 June 2019

This week I spent some time with our Macmillan Information and Support Centre team. Having spent time with them before, I have always been impressed by the support they provide to our patients and their loved ones, when they have received a cancer diagnosis and are preparing for, and receiving, their treatment

01 July 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 23 June 2019

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

25 June 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 16 June 2019

Earlier in the week I joined the second meeting of our Research and Innovation Steering Group with colleagues from across the Trust and the University of Portsmouth. 

17 June 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 07 June 2019

A central part of our Trust strategy is focused on working together with our partners to strengthen relationships and look for opportunities where we can deliver improvements for our patients

10 June 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 02 June 2019

At the end of last week we celebrated the end of the first intake of our ‘Beyond Boundaries’ programme which focuses on improving the work experience and leadership development of our BAME staff

03 June 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 24 May 2019

Throughout the past weeks there has been sustained pressure across the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire ‘local system’, as we respond to an increase in the number of patients requiring access to urgent care services, and ensure the timely discharge of patients into the community once they are ready to leave

24 May 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 17 May 2019

Today I was delighted to attend our second annual Patient Safety conference hosted by our Medical Director, Dr John Knighton. We were fortunate to have two incredibly powerful presentations from our speakers, Dr Chris Turner of the Civility Saves Lives campaign, and our incoming Chief Nurse, Liz Rix

20 May 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 12 May 2019

On Wednesday we hosted our second Trust wide Quality Review which is now an integral part of our quality governance process. The reviews aim to provide a snapshot assessment of how quality of care is being delivered against the CQC key lines of enquiry; Safe, Effective, Caring, Responsive and Well Led

13 May 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 03 May 2019

Throughout April, the demand for our urgent care services has remained high and this week has been no exception. This is a trend that has been seen across Portsmouth and South East Hampshire and across the country more generally

13 May 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Thursday 18 April 2019

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

25 April 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 14 April 2019

This week I was delighted to learn that our learning disability liaison team have received their ‘Rhino Sensory Voyager Trolley’, a state of the art piece of equipment that will help to support those patients who may find a hospital appointment a stressful experience

16 April 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Saturday 06 April 2019

Last week I mentioned some of the measures we are taking to reduce our nursing vacancies across the Trust. Part of our approach includes expanding the breadth of roles we have available and on Tuesday we celebrated the qualification of six Nursing Associates who completed their foundation degree with Solent University at the end of March and are now awaiting their NMC registration

09 April 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 29 March 2019

On Wednesday evening I attended the last in our most recent series of public meetings. As you might expect there were some common themes across all of the discussions, including the pressure on the hospital during winter and the staffing challenges we face in some areas, as do many other Trusts across the country

29 March 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 22 March 2019

This week has been a fantastic week for recognition of our teams, with news of awards received in three separate areas

25 March 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 17 March 2019

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

18 March 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 10 March 2019

On Tuesday Director of Governance and Risk, Lois Howell joined me to meet with staff based at Rodney Road to provide them with an update on issues across the Trust as well as answer any questions

18 March 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 01March 2019

On Monday I was thrilled to join our research and innovation team to celebrate them having recruited over 10,000 patients to research trials in the course of the last year

04 March 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 22 February 2019

On Monday I attended the first meeting of our Research and Innovation Steering Group. Chaired by the Trust Chairman, Melloney Poole the group has been established to refresh and oversee the implementation of our research and innovation strategy

04 March 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 15 February 2019

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

18 February 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 10 February 2019

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

11 February 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 01 February 2019

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

04 February 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 24 January 2019

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

24 January 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 11 January 2019

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

15 January 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 06 January 2019

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

07 January 2019
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 30 December 2018

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

31 December 2018
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 21 December 2018

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

31 December 2018
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 14 December 2018

This morning we hosted our latest Executive Roadshow which was focused on the subject of IT

18 December 2018
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Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 07 December 2018

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

10 December 2018

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