We have published our objectives for the next two years following workshops with some of the teams and a great ‘BHT Way’ session we held with many of you at the end of April. These are the priorities you and the Board have agreed to focus on as we pursue our journey from CQC-rated ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ and the safest healthcare system in the country.
We continue to focus on goals that meet the triple aims of improving our quality, people and money and setting as a priority a small number of important objectives that together would meet these. We felt it was important to do fewer things, and do them really well, so it was an interesting experience persuading the Board to agree only three! These are:
Improving our culture. I am convinced that this is the building block of getting to greatness and there are many things that go into this. Using patients to co-produce service change; making it easy to ‘get things done’ in the organisation; all staff being able to use Quality Improvement to make changes; and involving all staff in contributing to our financial challenge – these are all critical parts of building these improvements. I would especially draw your attention to the ‘Small Change, Big Difference’ campaign being led by Tina Kenny which is already starting to gain some momentum.
New solutions to workforce. Healthcare is a people business and we need to tackle the local shortages. We will do this through innovating new roles and building stronger multi-professional working, whilst also developing new partnerships in education and training. How we tackle inequalities in our workforce is also critically important: to represent our communities we must be inclusive and representative. Making this Trust a really great place to work is the other part of this puzzle, to support and enable our staff to be their best selves at work.
Tackling inequalities and variation. As the largest healthcare provider in the county, and its biggest employer, we must play our role in reducing the stark inequalities that exist between our communities. Alongside this we must look to tackle variation that happens in our clinical services and support this by developing clear strategies for dealing with moving us forward digitally, whilst ensuring our buildings are fit for future use. Our next BHT Way is designed to help us explore this objective together in more detail.
So, a bit to do! I find these goals exciting and hope you all can get behind them. I am looking forward to seeing you as part of my forthcoming all-staff sessions in July, and discussing your team’s contribution to our Trust objectives and our organisation’s journey to ‘outstanding’.
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