Further to Hattie’s announcement last week regarding my appointment as chief executive officer for BHT, I wanted to write to you and thank you for your support and hard work.
It has been a great honour leading this organisation over the past 18 months. You have delivered significant improvements for our patients, demonstrating our CARE values on a daily basis. The impact of your work is clear to see.
Last year we established the BHT way, bringing a new sense of ambition and aspiration to the organisation. It is an ambition that I don’t want us to lose sight of as we look to the future. It has been central to the development of our five year strategy. A strategy that is defined by a focus on quality, people and money – we cannot tackle these in isolation. It is realistic of the challenges facing the NHS, but does not allow us to settle for mediocrity.
We are in year one of delivering our plan and I am certain that more of the same will not deliver the outcomes we are looking for. We will go backwards if we don’t increase our pace and momentum and focus our efforts on those priorities that will have the biggest impact for us.
For me, I think it includes improving the visibility of our leaders across our organisation. It includes listening to the voices of our patients, communities and staff when developing our transformation plans. It includes working with partners across the system, as we cannot achieve our ambition on our own. It includes enabling a greater dialogue between our clinicians, GPs and other health and care professionals. And it requires greater transparency in decision making.
These are themes that I am keen to discuss further with you throughout August and September, and I am scheduling a number of sessions and events to involve as many staff as possible. Please look out for further details over the coming weeks. In the meantime, whatever you have planned, I hope you have an enjoyable summer.
I am proud to have the opportunity to continue working alongside you to make BHT one of the safest healthcare systems in the country.