This week's message is all about celebrating Team ASPH - as showcased last Thursday at the fabulous annual Staff Achievement Awards; a fantastic and inspiring event, celebrating all those colleagues who have gone the extra mile on behalf of patients and who do a fantastic job in often challenging circumstances.
This year we were fortunate to host the awards at the very special location of Sandhurst Military College, a stunning venue with a rich history. It felt particularly pertinent to host the awards in this environment as I often think that the values of the Military and the NHS are closely aligned - you certainly need similar attributes to be part of either, and working within the NHS can sometimes feel like being on permanent deployment!
Major Russell Lewis kindly hosted the awards, designed to recognise those teams and individuals who depict the Trust values, helping work towards our vision to provide an outstanding experience and the best outcome for patients and the team. Some of the categories included Quality of Care, Personal Responsibility, Patients Choice, Digital and Collaboration.
All of the nominees and winners are worthy of recognition, and I felt immensely proud to be surrounded by so many passionate, caring and dedicated colleagues. We always say ‘It takes a team’ and these awards really personify that. We’d love to be able to take all of Team ASPH out for tea but of course that isn’t possible, so this is our way to thank those colleagues who have been nominated by their team or patients for going that extra mile. A big thank you to those who were working last Thursday night so that your colleagues could attend the awards; your support is greatly appreciated.
Finally, I would like to thank all those behind the scenes who worked very hard to make the event so special; Louise McKenzie, Karen Archer-Burton, Judith Thompson and Heather Bixley.
Wishing you all a good week ahead.
With best wishes