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Our New North Star Objective

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

As we move into the next stage of the COVID-19 pandemic I'd like to use my message to describe the approach we are going to take to restore and recover services.

Safety for you and patients remains our absolute priority and we have set a new 'North Star' objective within the 'Together we Care' strategy and outlined a new operating model for the Trust that seeks to:

"End health and care acquired infections for the team, patients and the community we serve."

"North Star" refers to the aspirational nature of the goal - when you think of the way sailors view the North Star as a way to stay on course, no matter where they are. To achieve this we will need to work together and learn from practice across the organisation and beyond. We have been working with the wider leadership team to set in place the framework to achieve this ambition but of course it will require us all to follow the 4P values and in particular take personal responsibility.

 

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Recovery and Restoration of Services

James A Thomas

James A Thomas
Chief Operating Officer

 

As the number of patients with COVID-19 decline we have begun work around recovery and restoration of services, as described in Suzanne's recent messages.

We have also changed the bronze / silver / gold command structure we implemented at the start of the COVID-19 situation and as such, all COVID-19 news and the weekly update with numbers of COVID-19 patients, discharges etc. will go out through Ryalto and the bulletin and we have reinstated our usual Chief Executive's weekly message. Over the coming weeks we will share much more detail about the new operating model which sets a new objective for the Trust to end health and care acquired infections for the team, patients and the community we serve in order that we can deliver our mission to ensure the provision of high quality sustainable healthcare services. Fundamentally this is about creating a safe environment for you and for patients so we can reinstate services confidently and build on all the good work we've done. Staff testing will be an important element of this approach and as the policy becomes clearer we will share more detail about this (including the antibody test), social distancing measures across the hospital sites and a robust infection and prevention control policy to prevent hospital-acquired infection.

 

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Virtual Team Talks

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

As you will have seen, we are moving into the next phase of managing the COVID pandemic in addition to caring for non COVID patients and reinstating some of the services that have temporarily been on hold.

We are continuing to adapt ways of working to ensure that we can deliver the best possible care to patients as well as looking after ourselves and each other.

I spoke about a key area of focus being the wellbeing of you - Team ASPH, as we navigate these challenging times. With this in mind, I would like to be able to engage with as many of you as possible, to see how you are, and to answer any questions you may have about our strategy and plans for the upcoming months. To do this, we'll be setting up a number of virtual Team Talks, in the form of a Microsoft Teams meeting, starting next Thursday 21st May at 10am.

 

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COVID-19: Meeting the Challenge

Dr David Fluck

Dr David Fluck
Medical Director

 

The Trust joined in with the national one minute silence on Tuesday, to honour the health, care and other key workers who have lost their lives to COVID-19, which coincided with International Workers' Memorial Day.

We held our own very moving act of remembrance led by our Chaplain Laurence. As you will all be aware that sadly we have lost three colleagues at ASPH to COVID, midwife Jane Pickett, porter Bernard Green and ex-colleague John Barr. Our thoughts are with their families and friends and we continue to support colleagues during this time. We are also looking to install a permanent memorial to remember those colleagues we've lost in due course.

As I mentioned in my last message, this week I wanted to take a moment to reflect on how much we've accomplished in such a short period of time in response to the pandemic, which is both inspirational and humbling. Below are just some of the highlights Team ASPH have achieved together - which will hopefully give an insight into the tremendous amount of transformational work completed - which really is outstanding, and I hope you are all as proud of this as I am!

 

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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.

We shall be adding them to this section as well as including them on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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.