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A Guide to the Non-Executive Directors

Andy Field

Andy Field
Chairman

 

David has kindly lent me the message this week as in similar way to last week's message which focused on the executive team, I thought it would be useful to provide an update on the roles and responsibilities of the Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) who sit on the ASPH NHS Foundation Trust Board.

As Chairman, my role is to ensure the Board as a whole is effective in its governance and decision making, with a focus on our strategy, assurance that we are being run safely, effectively and efficiently and setting the right culture in accordance with our 4Ps values. Another large part of my role is to represent the Trust externally, both across the local and regional health and care systems and also working with the local authorities and NHS representative bodies. I also chair the Council of Governors and through this, stay close to the views and experiences of both the Governors and Trust members. The other NEDs each bring different skills and interests to the table and these are reflected in the roles they have within our Governance structure.

 

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A Guide to the Executive Team

Dr David Fluck

Dr David Fluck
Acting Chief Executive

 

As there have been a few changes recently I wanted to use this week's message to update you on the executive team, the various roles and responsibilities we are fulfilling and our individual areas of focus.

For me, my priority remains the safety, health and wellbeing of patients and the team and everything we do must have this at its centre. My role is to lead, guide and support the team through the developing Covid situation and beyond, ensuring that we build upon some of the excellent, transformational, work we have done at great pace and safely restore services.

I asked my executive colleagues to provide a brief summary of their current priorities and I hope you find the following informative.

 

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Safety at Work

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

 

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Minimising Footfall and Mitigating Risk

Dr David Fluck

Dr David Fluck
Acting Chief Executive

 

I have been appointed Acting Chief Executive by the Board and feel proud to once again step into this role. As is always the case I will be more than able supported by my executive colleagues and senior leadership team and our priority remains your safety and wellbeing.

Last week Suzanne described the work we are doing as we move into the next stage of the COVID-19 pandemic to restore and recover services. She described our new "North Star" objective to "end health and care acquired infections for the team, patients and the community we serve."

One key element of this is the way we organise services across the hospital sites to minimise footfall and mitigate risk and Suzanne explained that we are moving as much planned activity to Ashford Hospital as possible, whilst emergency activity will remain at St Peter's.

 

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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.