At the end of my first full week in my new role, it’s a real pleasure to announce that Heather Caudle has been appointed as our new Chief Nurse. I don’t need to tell you what a crucial role this is in leading our nursing and midwifery team and, through a tough selection process it became very clear that Heather was the right candidate for the role. I am absolutely confident that Heather will lead my nursing and midwifery colleagues with great skill and commitment over the coming months. In particular she is keen to ensure that we take the opportunity in December to really showcase our hospitals and the excellent care we collectively deliver when the CQC undertake our full hospital inspection. Congratulations Heather.
I’d also like to offer my congratulations to Dr Oscar Garcia Casas, Consultant Spinal Surgeon who will be joining us from Barcelona, and Mr Ioannis Polyzois, currently Senior Fellow at the Reading Shoulder Unit to be our new Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in Upper Limb. Two really impressive candidates whose commitment to clinical excellence and fantastic patient experience shone through the interview process. Welcome to the team Oscar and Ioannis.
As you can probably tell by now I’ve spent much of the week recruiting to important roles for our hospitals and patients. A reflection I would like to share with you was the consistent and enthusiastic desire of all the candidates to come and work with us here at Ashford & St Peter’s. It was clear to me that our reputation for high quality safe care, our openness and willingness to learn and our positive patient feedback is proving a great draw to some really talented people. What a great testament to all of you and your hard work and commitment. I felt really proud to be part of this team.
I’d also like to thank all of you who joined me on Monday to hear my initial thoughts and ideas for our hospitals. It was amazing to see over 150 of you fill the lecture theatre and I hope you’ve had time to think about the questions I asked you. I really want to hear your ideas on how we can apply the ‘no decision about me without me’ question to help us improve our working lives.
So far I’ve had a huge volume of responses sent to me via email and Twitter and I’m only sorry I haven’t had time to respond individually to everyone yet. The dialogue we are having is a really positive start to our conversation, but please don’t stop there – there are plenty of opportunities still to send me your thoughts and comments.
Enjoy your weekend wherever you are.