My Latest vlog, which you can view above, arose out of a conversation with Trust chair Hattie Llewelyn-Davies where we were reflecting on the topic of raising concerns. This is a subject that has been of much discussion across the NHS over the past few years and, for us both, how comfortable staff feel to speak up is an important barometer of our culture and values. It is an open culture that welcomes bad news and supports staff to raise concerns that ensures we keep our patients safe.
So I’m pleased to be joined by Hattie and non-executive director Graeme Johnston to share our personal experiences of raising concerns. You will also hear from David Sines, our designated non-executive director for whistleblowing and Tracey Underhill, our new freedom to speak up guardian.
As you will see in this vlog, we understand that having the confidence to speak up isn’t easy, which is why it is important to us – and the rest of the Board – that our staff feel supported and enabled to talk about their concerns.
There are a number of different ways you can raise a concern in the Trust. In the first instance, talk to your line manager, service lead or executive director, or refer to the Trust’s whistleblowing and raising concerns policy. However, if you don’t feel comfortable doing that, then contact Tracey on our new dedicated phone line 01296 316027 or 07768612590 or email Tracey.Underhill@buckshealthcare.nhs.uk. Alternatively you can contact David via email email@example.com. Please remember that you can speak out safely – all concerns are treated in confidence.
What else have I been doing since my last blog:
- Continued with the series of SDU strategy meetings, including plastics & burns and radiology, as well as my quarterly catch-up with SDU leads
- Hattie and I met with representatives from NHS Improvement to review our operational performance. We also attended a meeting with the CEO and chair of East & North Herts NHS Trust to share what we are doing in Bucks and see if there are opportunities for shared learning
- Work on moving to a Buckinghamshire accountable care system is progressing. I attended a meeting at the King’s Fund with Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, and Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, to discuss next steps and meet with representatives from the other 7 accountable care systems. On the same day, we were delighted to hear our bid for an additional £4.2m to improve our A&E facilities had been successful
- Within Bucks, I chaired the ACS Board and we held a CEO and chair workshop with all Bucks ACS partners
- I spent Feedback Friday with the community dietetics team
- I met with the chief executive and chair of the Spinal Injuries Association
- I welcomed our new intake of FY2 doctors at their induction, spoke to the latest cohort of our leadership pathway programme, and opened the integrated children and young people services’ celebration event
- Caught up with Sir Andrew Morris, chief executive of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.
- Visited the clinical areas at Amersham Hospital and talked to the team about how we can address the staffing challenges in Waterside ward
- Met with Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers
- Welcomed Jim Mackey, chief executive of NHS Improvement, and his team – including the Prime Minister’s special advisor for health – to Wycombe Hospital where we were able to showcase cardiac, stroke, MuDAS and community hubs
But it’s not been all work and no play. I was invited to the High Sheriff of Buckingham’s summer reception and as you can see from the picture, had great fun at the National Spinal Injury Centre’s family fun day.
All that remains for me to say is to those of you taking a well-earned break over the summer I hope you relax and to those of you working, a very big thank you.