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Chief Executive's Message

Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 19 January 2020

Date: 20 January 2020

m cubbon

Dear colleagues,

This week I had the opportunity to spend some time with our Alcohol Liaison Team and the Stroke Rehab Team.

The Alcohol Liaison Team was one of the first teams I met when I joined PHT and I continue to be utterly impressed by the passion that each member of the team portrays whenever I see them. The contribution they make to the care of a growing number of referred patients is significant, while providing expert advice and support to many teams across the Trust. They also play a vital role in ‘joining up’ the care and support from other agencies, for individual patients. We’ll continue to work with our partners to ensure the service is in the best possible place to meet the needs of those who depend on it.

We have one of the largest stroke services in the country and it was a pleasure to spend some time with our F3 Stroke Rehabilitation Team to learn more about the service we provide for patients following the acute phase of their stroke. There is clearly a strong commitment to patient-centred multidisciplinary working across the ward and this was evident in all of the conversations I had with those I met. I also observed some incredible examples of outstanding care being given to our patients.

Thank you to both teams for allowing me to spend some time with them. Getting out and about in this way is one of the best parts of my job and in an organisation of our size, it’s really important. Every member of the Executive team enjoys spending time getting to know more about the services we provide and the teams and individuals who deliver them. If you’d like to invite one of us to come and meet you and your team, please do let me know.

While we continue to see a number of patients who attend our Emergency Department (ED) and are diagnosed with flu, we do not appear to have seen the usual peak periods of presentations yet. That means there’s still time to receive your jab, if you have not yet been vaccinated. Almost 76% of us have been vaccinated so far as this is a practical way of protecting ourselves, our loved ones and our patients. You can drop in to Occupational Health from Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Workplace vaccinators can also visit your ward or department.

Thank you for all that you do every day.

 

Mark Cubbon

Chief Executive

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