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Chief Executive's Message

Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 17 November 2019

Date: 18 November 2019

m cubbon

Dear colleague,

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).  Avoiding delays for patients who arrive on foot and via ambulance is an absolute priority for us all.  I look forward to sharing updates each week, setting out the changes that are being put in place, to deliver a better experience for our patients and our teams working at our front door. 

On Wednesday I had the opportunity to spend time with some of our midwives, hearing about their experiences and ideas for delivering an even better service for women in their care. Thank you to Karen Munks, Senior Clinical Midwife, for allowing me to spend time with her and colleagues while working in our delivery suite.  In the afternoon I went along to G4, our short-stay Frailty Unit, to observe their midday Board Round.  It was fantastic to see such effective multi-disciplinary working, all centred around our patients. Thanks to the entire team for allowing me to participate, I learned a lot.

I hope that many of you will have had the opportunity to have a look at our new Long Service Board, which is in place on C level, close to our Phlebotomy Suite. The board lists the names of individuals who have each dedicated 30 years or more continuous service to PHT. This is just one small way of celebrating the outstanding commitment and contribution of some of our longest serving colleagues. The board will be regularly updated and expanded to include even more individuals in the coming weeks. We’re working with our Change Agent team to find additional ways to recognise and celebrate long service so if you have any ideas, please do get in touch.

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) visited us this week for the final stage of their inspection programme. Once again, the team remarked upon the friendliness and helpfulness of everyone they met. They aim to provide feedback from the inspection and publish the reports over the next few months.  I will, of course, share that with you as soon as I have it.  Thanks to everyone who has been involved at each stage of the process, allowing us to share the improvements we’ve already made across the Trust, while describing the areas where we’re keen to make further progress. 

Some of you may have recently received a reminder about completing your National NHS Staff Survey.  So far, our response rate is 43%, which is lower than it was at this point last year, but there are two more weeks left before the survey closes.  You will have heard me say this before, but the NHS Staff Survey is an important way for you to share views of your experience of working here at PHT.  The feedback we receive is confidential and provides crucial feedback which will drive further improvements across the Trust.  If we don’t have your feedback, we can’t act on it, so please do take 15 mins to complete the survey.

The response rate so far is broken down as follows

  • Corporate Services - 68%
  • Clinical Delivery - 50%
  • Networked Services - 40%
  • Surgical and Outpatients - 39%
  • Medicine and Urgent Care – 28%Finally, thank you to everyone who took part in and attended our service of remembrance held at the hospital to commemorate Armistice Day on Monday.  The service was jointly hosted with our colleagues from the Joint Hospital Group South, representing all three of our Armed Services.  I was pleased to see more than 100 patients, visitors and representatives from departments right across the PHT at the service, many of whom were veterans.  We have a long tradition of working alongside colleagues serving in the military and this is something we are proud of as we continue to stand shoulder to shoulder, at all times. 
  • Thank you, as ever, for all that you do, to keep our patients safe and to provide the best care possible.
  • More information about the staff survey can be found here.

 

Mark Cubbon

Chief Executive

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