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We need a patient-need led approach to doctor deployment

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest provider of acute hospital services to Surrey residents with services spanning across three hospitals. Our trust serves a population of 410,000, including Europe’s largest women’s prison. We have a turnover of £335m with an operating surplus in 2018/19. We have over 3,800 staff and a further 400 volunteers.

 

Deployment of doctors

Our hardworking staff attend to half a million patients a year with nearly 30,000 emergency admissions and 40,000 planned elective cases each year. However our trust - like the rest of the NHS - is facing rising patient demand and complexity. As all trust leaders will know, it is increasingly important to have the right workforce with the right skills in place to help deliver the best quality care to patients. However, there are multiple factors which need to be addressed in order to help recruit and retain NHS staff. One of these aspects is the historical way doctors, especially colleagues in foundation, core and specialist years are deployed, which can feel traditional in approach and not connected to patient need or levels of demand.

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Pride in Nursing and Midwifery Day 2019

Sue Tranka

Sue Tranka
Chief Nurse

 

This is my second year as Chief Nurse at ASPH, and I am filled with excitement as May 12th approaches. We have been feverishly preparing to celebrate International Nurses’ Day with our fellow healthcare professionals across the globe at the trust at our annual Pride in Nursing Day on the 10th May.

As I pause and reflect on my journey as a nurse, I am reminded of the vitally significant and unique contributions of nurses and midwives around the world, and the variety of ways we contribute to health, care and the well-being of people who use our services. I would like to say thank you to the nurses and midwives at ASPH who go above and beyond every single day, providing not only safe and compassionate care, but demonstrating their leadership and passion in highly pressured and challenged circumstances. As I spend time in the clinical environments, it fills me with pride to observe the fantastic care and outstanding services provided by nurses and midwives. I am also grateful for the contribution of our international nurses and recognise that so many of ASPH nurses and midwives originate from international countries and I hope that we have made you feel truly a part of the team.

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The impact of innovation

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

I think I am just beginning to appreciate the enormous and revolutionary impacts and benefits that healthcare technologies, in all the many forms, have the potential to give to patients, healthcare workers, organisations, the NHS and society in general. A revolution so large it might even be seen from space!

As the lead for the Surrey Heartlands ICS Workforce Strategy I am enormously interested in the way we are going to be able to empower patients to self-care and care navigate for themselves, how personalised medicine enabled through genomics will alter care pathways, but also and importantly identify, at birth, those who are likely to develop disease in many decades yet to come. Targeted preventative intervention in those individuals could lead to the ultimate health prize – disease prevention.

In addition the opportunity that results to reduce hospital attendances and stays and allow care closer to home. Machine learning, AI and robotics will automate or eradicate administrative and repetitive tasks currently undertaken by over stretched NHS teams which distract from direct patient care.

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We need a patient-need led approach to doctor deployment

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest provider of acute hospital services to Surrey residents with services spanning across three hospitals. Our trust serves a population of 410,000, including Europe’s largest women’s prison. We have a turnover of £335m with an operating surplus in 2018/19. We have over 3,800 staff and a further 400 volunteers.

Suzanne Rankin
3rd December 2019

 

Pride in Nursing and Midwifery Day 2019

This is my second year as Chief Nurse at ASPH, and I am filled with excitement as May 12th approaches. We have been feverishly preparing to celebrate International Nurses’ Day with our fellow healthcare professionals across the globe at the trust at our annual Pride in Nursing Day on the 10th May.

Sue Tranka
2nd May 2019

 

The impact of innovation

I think I am just beginning to appreciate the enormous and revolutionary impacts and benefits that healthcare technologies, in all the many forms, have the potential to give to patients, healthcare workers, organisations, the NHS and society in general. A revolution so large it might even be seen from space!

Suzanne Rankin
5th April 2019