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Tom Smerdon

Tom Smerdon
Director of Strategy and Sustainability


Following on from my message back in October - ASPH Transformation: Our Trust, Our Future – I’d like to update you on the progress we have made towards delivering the exciting plans to improve services and facilities across our Trust and local community.

This is all about delivering on our Together We Care strategy and aiming to provide the best possible experience and care to our patients, facilities with excellent amenities for staff, patients and visitors, and working with our local communities to improve health and wellbeing.

The work is complex and wide-ranging, and takes time to deliver but progress is being made all the time on individual projects. You will have seen the changes happening around our hospitals but not all of the progress is yet that obvious so I wanted to give you an update on just some of the work underway at present.

  • We continue to develop the Making Every Day Count Programme and embed the significant improvements made across the emergency and urgent care pathway so far. You may recall Suzanne’s message in December that described some of these improvements and specifically the benefits seen in A&E which have meant a remarkable reduction in patients waiting to be handed over by ambulance crews.
  • Work on the new 43 bed Acute Medical Unit (AMU) in the old therapies area at St Peter’s is now near completion with the unit scheduled to open next month. This month we will also see the opening of the new Emergency Surgical Assessment Centre (ESAC), a new service to rapidly provide specialist surgical care to emergency patients. Both facilities are key improvements in the urgent care pathway, which is a major part of the strategy and transformation plan.
  • Construction works for the new multi-deck car park at St Peter’s are progressing well and you can keep up-to-date and view a day-by-day gallery of development here. Works are due to be completed in autumn this year. This will change the approach and entrance to St Peter’s hospital quite radically, whether you arrive by car or public transport. We have been looking at ways to make this really welcoming and attractive, with easy to follow wayfinding so that it really does enhance the experience for visitors.
  • Planning for the much-anticipated new ASPH Wellbeing Hubs is now well underway. Many thanks to everyone who came to the recent drop-in sessions and shared their ideas and feedback. We will be sharing more firmed up plans very soon.
  • We have now signed the contract with Cerner, jointly with Royal Surrey Hospital, for the new electronic-patient record, replacing our current PAS and a number of other clinical systems. Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust have also now joined this project, establishing Surrey as a national exemplar and setting the scene for joined up digital care across the county. This is a very exciting development and implementation of the new system over the coming months will be intense. You’ll see this week that several job roles to support the implementation are being advertised, so do keep an eye out for any interesting opportunities.
  • We are at the early stages of a project to introduce annualised job planning and e-rostering systems with pilots taking place in orthopaedics and A&E. This will enable us to move over time towards more flexible job planning and rostering arrangements, better matching staff availability to service needs and making it easier for staff to manage their shifts. This is just one element of our programme to transform what it’s like to work at ASPH, delivering on our strategy to achieve an excellent experience for staff

This is just an update on some of the larger scale projects, and there is a lot of other exciting work underway across the Trust. We are planning a series of Twitter conversations about different elements of the transformation plan in the near future, so watch this space.

With best wishes for the week ahead,

Tom Smerdon
Director of Strategy and Sustainability



Each week Suzanne Rankin, 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.


About Suzanne

Suzanne was announced as the new Chief Executive in June 2014.

Suzanne began her nursing and management career with the Royal Navy, including deployment during the 1990 Gulf War; a spell as Senior Nursing Officer at NATO Headquarters in Lisbon; and Nursing Officer in charge of the 56-bed Trauma and Orthopaedic Unit at the former Royal Hospital Haslar in Gosport, Hampshire.

Past Messages