Last week Carolyn Morrice and I were honoured to represent the Trust at an awards ceremony in London where BHT was named as one of the top 40 trusts in the UK by health intelligence specialists CHKS.
The award is a great reflection on the continuing improvements we are making in our progress towards becoming one of the safest healthcare systems in the country, and is another example of external recognition for your fantastic achievements in patient care and experience.
The guest speaker was explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and just a few days later his speech about evaluating the terrain ahead and embracing the unexpected came to mind as the NHS was caught up in the global cyber attack. Although relieved that we were not directly affected, I know that a lot of people spent significant time working over the weekend managing the situation and ensuring contingencies were in place. I want to say a huge thank you to you all.
These recent events have reinforced my view that we have great teams and great people working in the Trust – dedicated, compassionate and caring – and your commitment to our patients, service users and communities is humbling.
What else have I been up to:
- The value of providing great care for the youngest in our community was reinforced to me when I shadowed Ellie Howard, a Health Visitor in Buckingham. The changing role of health visitors, providing a range of support and being the bridge between midwifery, school nursing and GPs was evident and it is important that we continue to support these teams to collaborate with each other
- Whilst in Buckingham I visited the community hospital and staff told me that team morale was improving – something reflected across the Trust in the encouraging results from the recent staff survey – and they felt supported by the senior nursing staff on the wards
- I met with GPs to discuss how we can work more closely together and also participated in a workshop with colleagues from across Buckinghamshire to discuss how we can develop as an accountable care system
- I attended the NHS Improvement’s Chief Executive Advisory Committee, presented the annual governance statement at the Trust’s Audit Committee, attended Quality Committee, and with the rest of the executive team we discussed our operational performance with NHSI at our regular oversight meeting
- I met with cardiology, integrated therapies, paediatrics, oncology, respiratory medicine and haematology SDUs to discuss the development of their service strategies
- I spent Feedback Friday with the cardiac and stroke teams at Wycombe Hospital where I saw the newly refurbished Hyper Acute Stroke Unit which was launched just last week and work was underway for the new catheter laboratory due to be ready in August
- “We can and we will” was the message of the week when I met Belinda from the validation team for my “randomized coffee trial” meet-up. It was good to have the opportunity to chat and find out more about the team
- I visited several clinical areas at Stoke Mandeville where, for example, colleagues on Ward 10 described SAFER work and its impact on length of stay
- I visited the urology suite at Wycombe where the team have made good progress with the recruitment to new roles and its nursing teams
- I, along with Neil Macdonald and non-executive director Graeme Johnston, represented the Trust at the Scannapeal 30th anniversary celebration event. Scannappeal has been a major supporter of the Trust since it was set up in 1987 raising over £12m to benefit and improve patient care.