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New ways of working

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

This week I’d like to talk about the changes to car parking we have coming up at St Peter’s and the new Enabling Remote Working guide.

You’ll know from my previous messages that we are about to embark on a very exciting Trust-wide transformation programme. Over the next two to three years we will radically improve facilities and services across the hospitals for the benefit of patients and the team.

Whilst it may sound like a strange starting point, improving the car parking at St Peter’s is the first piece of the jigsaw. It will enable us to fully move off the West Site (the land we sold to CALA Homes, some of which we are currently leasing back to use for parking) and progress the rest of our plans. These include widespread estates improvements, including a new urgent care building, Team ASPH Wellbeing Centres and improved retail and catering outlets.

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A week of firsts

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

When thinking about what to write this week, I realised I have had a number of firsts over the past few days. And I will not be the only one.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the FY1 doctors joining Team ASPH in their first job as a qualified doctor. They did a first together, which hopefully meant they were able to support each other. More often we do a first on our own, but sometimes they are shared.

I had two firsts this week. On Saturday, together with colleagues from ASPH and Surrey Heartlands, I attended my first Pride event when I went to Pride in the Park in Woking. It was fantastic event full of energy and enthusiasm, and really well organised by Ishbel Davis and Amraze Khan who did a great job of flying the NHS flag and demonstrating that the NHS, ASPH and Surrey Heartlands support equality, diversity and inclusion for all.

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Working differently to meet growing demand

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

Over the last few months, as an executive team, we have weighed up a number of options to respond to the sustained increase in demand for services. Over summer we usually see a reduction in patients requiring urgent and emergency care but not this year and we think this will continue.

I am acutely aware of the additional pressure this puts on colleagues across the Trust and patients are potentially not receiving the high level of care that I know we all want to deliver. Not only this, the way we deliver some services are costly and a poor use of resources and this undermines our ability to meet some of our constitutional targets, like those for elective care. We have explored, and continue to explore, a range of options, including with partners such as BMI and CareRooms.

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Welcome FY1 doctors

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

In this week’s message, on behalf of Team ASPH, I would like to give a big welcome to the new FY1 (Foundation year 1) doctors who started with us this week. We hope you will enjoy your time at ASPH. I think we’re a friendly bunch and I hope you find this too.

Firstly let me say congratulations on passing your undergraduate training. You will have made your way to medicine through a variety of routes, but one thing is certainly true you will all have worked incredibly hard to have got to this point so very well done indeed you should be rightly proud. Now comes the next part of your training and education, where you will continue your learning, applying the knowledge you have into practice and of course be stretched and challenged in new ways.

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Welcome

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