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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.


Faris Zakaria – Acting Medical Director

As Acting Medical Director my appointment has come at a very challenging time for the whole organisation. My focus has always been and will continue to be aimed at delivering high quality care, upholding our clinical standards and ensuring a safe service for our patients and staff. The current crisis has forced great changes whilst these changes have come at some cost, there have been fresh opportunities to look at practice and services across the Trust. Using these opportunities and capturing, developing and embedding innovations, will be key elements in our plans for restoration and recovery.


Andrea Lewis, Interim Chief Nurse

My role is to ensure Trust-wide focus and implementation of the quality priorities, including the Infection Prevention and Control Strategy, Harms Free Care Strategy and oversight of CQC requirements. In addition I am leading on the implementation of the Nursing and Midwifery strategy, a project to improve the discharge process and the clinical implementation of Surrey Safe Care.


Simon Marshall – Director of Finance and Information

My ASPH remit includes finance, information, procurement, supplies, digital, estates and facilities. Currently I am focused on financial planning for the Trust and wider North West Surrey health and care system and the vast amount of estates work taking place across Ashford, St Peter's and Woking Community Hospital. In addition to my ASPH role, I am the Senior Responsible Officer for the joint Surrey Safe Care (electronic patient record) system and finance lead for the Surrey Care Record initiative.


James Thomas – Chief Operating Officer

My priority continues to be the smooth operational running of all inpatient, outpatient and diagnostic services across the Trust sites and the delivery of constitutional standards for A&E, Referral to Treatment, diagnostics and cancer services. As the Accountable Officer for Emergency Planning Resilience and Response, including Covid Gold Command, I remain focused on planning for Covid activity and a possible "second wave ". There is also a huge operational task to safely restore other services. Alongside this I am responsible for the operational implementation of Surrey Safe Care.


Tom Smerdon – Director of Strategy and Sustainability

I remain focused on the implementation of our Together We Care strategy, and developing future and related strategies. As we emerge from the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic this means a specific focus on the new Operating Model and our objective to eliminate health and care-acquired infection. I also lead on the ASPH estates strategy and anchor institution and sustainability programmes, and some transformational aspects of Surrey Safe Care. I am the ASPH lead for the development and integration of services across North West Surrey, as part of the Integrated Care Partnership.


Louise McKenzie, Director of Workforce Transformation

My responsibilities are centred around the workforce strategy to support us through the Covid situation and beyond, with three key themes. To ensure that we have enough staff to support the delivery of safe patient care, via fast track recruitment of additional staff, deployment of volunteers, redeployment of staff and upskilling staff so they can work in new areas. To support managers and staff during this time with guidance, risk assessments and adjustments to roles and the working environment, sickness absence support, staff testing and remote working. Finally to look after the health and wellbeing of Team ASPH, ensuring the work environment is safe, developing a suite of health and wellbeing facilities and resources such as the new ASPH Wellbeing Centres, and recognising our ambition to become a Great Place to Work.


This is a bit of a "whistle-stop" tour of the executive team's roles and priorities and of course, there are plenty of other day-to-day responsibilities and projects that we've not touched upon here. I think what is absolutely key is that as an executive team we can only do our jobs well with the support of you all and I thank you for your ongoing support and dedication.

With best wishes for the week ahead,

Dr David Fluck
Acting Chief Executive


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.