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Louise McKenzie

Louise McKenzie
Director of Workforce Transformation

 

I have taken over the message for this week to talk about a really important subject - your safety at work.

As we navigate the ongoing challenges that the COVID-19 situation has brought to all of our everyday lives, it is clear that we need to make a number of immediate changes to how we work to ensure that we stay as safe as possible.

A new guide has been published to help managers implement measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 between staff in offices and other workplaces across the Trust. The guide sets out principles in relation to;

  • Social distancing
  • Organising your workplace
  • Using common/shared areas
  • Cleaning and good hygiene
  • Travelling to work and moving around buildings
  • Working in other people's homes

 

In addition to this there is also a checklist, which risk assesses your individual area of work and provides guidance around how you can make changes to be compliant with new practices. These risk assessments must be completed by line managers for all teams by the end of June and should be signed off by relevant department leads.

As with all of the COVID related guidance received so far, we expect national directive will continue to evolve and we will share any updates with you over the upcoming weeks and months.

The overall strategy of social distancing (maintaining a minimum distance of two metres between yourself and others) and providing better hygiene standards are key in containing and combatting the effects of the virus. It is critical that teams comply with the principles of social distancing, use of masks within the Trust, appropriate use of PPE, and the practices set out in the guide to reduce and break transmission chains within the hospitals. This is now vitally important as the government's Test and Trace strategy requires people to self-isolate if they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID. If large numbers of the same team are unable to come to work this will clearly present a very difficult operational challenge.

The overriding principle and message for staff continues to be that if you are able to work remotely then please do so and for those who are required to be on site - compliance with this guide is absolutely essential and not optional.

I urge all of Team ASPH to please take this matter seriously and ensure that you familiarise yourself with and follow the guidelines at all times when travelling to and whilst at work. It is imperative that we don't become complacent to this situation and essential we take these actions to help reduce the transmission of the virus and to keep ourselves, our families and patients safe.

If you have any concerns or questions about how to ensure your area of work complies with the guidance, please speak to your line manager in the first instance.

With very best wishes

Louise McKenzie
Director of Workforce Transformation

 

Chief Executive's Message

On a regular basis, our Chief Executive sends a message to staff about events at the hospitals, special achievements, and plans for the future.

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From time to time, we shall ask other members of the Trust Board and clinical team to give their perspective on the week in our hospitals.