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Chief Executive's Message

Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 06 September 2019

Date: 09 September 2019

Time: 16:25


Dear colleagues, 

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

We held this year’s AGM at Cosham Baptist Church and welcomed over 50 members of the public, colleagues, and volunteers who heard a variety of presentations covering our strong military links, our impressive achievements in Research and Innovation,  and Robotic Surgery in Orthopaedics. We also heard a number of inspiring insights from members of our Patient and Carer Collaborative. Our Chairman Melloney Poole presented members of the Collaborative with a Special Recognition Award. 

We’re extremely fortunate to have such passionate members of the Patient and Carer Collaborative, and indeed more than 700 volunteers, who are so generous with their time. I’m enormously grateful for all they do for us at PHT, each and every day.  

The launch of our Disability Staff Network went exceptionally well earlier this week and we welcomed a combination of internal and external speakers to help shape the event. The network will enable anyone who works at PHT, who lives with any form of disability, to have a recognised voice within the Trust and enable us to raise awareness of what it’s like to live with a disability. It was great to see the event so well attended and I look forward to seeing the network go from strength to strength.  

After what I’m sure has been a very interesting week at 10 Downing Street, I was pleased to hear that five members of PHT were invited to represent the Trust at a celebration event for NHS staff, on Tuesday. During the event, our Prime Minister Boris Johnson personally thanked them for their hard work and dedication in the care and treatment of our patients. Those who attended were: Mylynne Delgado, Staff Nurse, Mark Archer, Emergency Department Technical Officer, Dominic Powles, Associate Practice Educator, MSK, Samantha Hughes, Lead Governance Nurse and Nicky Waller, Clinical Manager, General Theatres. 

As you will hopefully recall, in December last year, we secured £58.2m worth of national funding to transform emergency care at QA. I’m glad to report that we’re making good progress on our plans, which will include a rebuild of our Emergency Department here at QA. There will be many opportunities for you to find out more, and to get involved,  over the months ahead. 

Our next Executive Roadshow will focus entirely on our planned improvements, and will be held from 4pm to 5pm in the Oasis Centre on 23 September.  Please do come along if you can, as your input is important. Meanwhile we are working to continually drive improvements in flow through our hospital so that patients can be discharged more promptly when they have received all of the acute care they need.

The annual NHS Staff Survey will launch in the week beginning 16th September. This is the largest survey of staff opinion in the UK and an important way for you to share your views on a range of issues about your experience at work.

Last year’s survey results helped inform key priorities for our culture change work and following your feedback in last year’s survey we have: 

  • Launched a new Staff Benefits Brochure, including new benefits for this year
  • Implemented a focused campaign on the prevention of violence against all staff at PHT
  • Developed a leadership behaviours model to be implemented over the next 12 months, completely aligned to our values
  • Introduced a new eRoster system which provides timely, flexible rostering and is being rolled out across the Trust
  • Reduced our nursing vacancies by 31% and seen some real success in recruiting to many other posts
  • Introduced a number of staff networks including our LGBT+ network and our Freedom to Speak Up group which are having a positive impact on the experience of staff with protected characteristics

All responses are confidential and I encourage you all to complete the survey and tell us your thoughts. Your feedback will help us understand what we are doing well, where we need to improve and action we can take to address the issues you raise. Do look out for the survey later this month.

I am on annual leave for the next couple of weeks so there will be no weekly message until I return. This explains, in part, the slightly longer message for this week. Penny Emerit, Director of Strategy and Performance, will be acting Chief Executive while I am away.

Thank you for all you do, day in, day out, to improve care and outcomes for our patients. 


Mark Cubbon

Chief Executive

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

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