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Our role as a Team in supporting the Armed Forces and Veterans

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

As many of you know, I started my nursing career in the Royal Navy and I have always maintained a keen personal interest in the armed forces, not least because my husband is still serving. But I am not the only veteran who is also a member of Team ASPH and we also have a number of reservists, who we support when they take part in operations in this country and abroad and who bring great skills, experiences, learning and leadership to bear in the work we do here at ASPH together.

The NHS and Armed Forces have been working together, supported by NHS Employers, to strengthen relationships, share learning and career opportunities as well as thinking about how to support the delivery of healthcare to veterans. Click here for more information. All veterans are entitled to priority access to NHS care (including hospital, primary or community care) for conditions associated with their time within the armed forces (service-related). You can read more about that here.

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Work starts on transforming our estate

I have taken over Suzanne’s message of the week today and I want to use the opportunity to tell you more about the ASPH Transformation Programme happening at both Ashford and St Peter’s over the next few years.

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Dragons’ Den brings out Team ASPH’s creative side

James Thomas

James Thomas
Chief Operating Officer

 

As we send this out on Friday afternoon, colleagues across the Trust are still presenting their fantastic Dragons’ Den ideas. Now in our second year, I am delighted to report we have had the most amazing response. Last year we had 23 submissions. This year we have had almost 50. In fact we have had so many that we are still watching the presentations. Last year we were finished by lunchtime.

What an impressive range of suggestions! And there have been some really creative ways that the ideas have been presented. We’ve had singing from the pantomime team, dietitians Hope and Ed asking for us to shift a few pounds in their direction to pay for new digital scales, and physiotherapist Carley Allen making fellow dragon David Fluck stretch his artistic skills by drawing a knee joint on stage.

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Ashford and St Peter’s as anchor organisations

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

We all know Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals play vital community roles. The hospitals and clinics are mainly seen as places where people go when they are unwell or have had an accident.

But alongside responding to the health and disease needs of the local community we can, and should, play a much wider role in tackling the wider determinants of health and wellbeing and health inequalities thus preventing and reducing illness, disease and suffering. This will both reduce demand on the hospitals but also improve sustainability and support wider local economic growth and wellbeing.

When you think about it, the impact of the Trust is immense. With almost 4,000 team members and volunteers, we are one of the area’s biggest employers. As custodians of two main hospital sites and large areas of outdoor space, how we maintain and look after them can make a positive – or negative – impact on the local environment. And we spend huge sums of money – around £80 million last year just on goods and services - and the associated waste and food miles for example are as significant.

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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.