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Broadening our horizons

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

Today I am shadowing the Divisional Director for Women's Health and Paediatrics – Mr Faris Zakaria (many of you will know him as "Zak"). In the coming weeks I will do the same with the other Divisional Directors and it got me thinking about lesser known opportunities in the Trust to learn from others and broaden our horizons.

Often, we think we know what other people's jobs entail. Yet the reality of what they encounter and do day-to-day can be vastly different to that expectation. Taking ourselves out of the comfort zone of our usual "day-to-day" and experiencing someone else's reality provides a fresh perspective and is good for personal development.

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Reducing ASPH’s environmental footprint

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

It will be no surprise to you that we included a dedicated Sustainability Report in the Trust’s recently published Annual Report and Accounts for 2018-19. As an organisation, and as individuals, we have to take responsibility for our environmental impact.

Team ASPH is making significant strides in reducing the negative impact on the environment but we still have a long way to go. One way we measure our environmental impact is through our ‘carbon footprint’. Since 2008 we have achieved an estimated 14% reduction in our carbon footprint at a time when the Trust’s activities have grown significantly (as measured by operating expenditure, the Trust’s activity has increased by 54% since 2008). This is positive but overall the NHS has a target to reduce emissions by 34% by 2020.

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Making Every Day Count

James Thomas

James Thomas
Chief Operating Officer

 

Suzanne has allowed me to use her message this week to relaunch our Making Every Day Count programme.

Many of you will be aware that our urgent care service has been under sustained pressure. This winter has seen record numbers of patients attending our Emergency Department and patients requiring admission.

Winter pressure is usually abated by May. We are now in July and we are still experiencing the same level of pressure. This has been constant since the New Year. And we are not alone. Nationally the last three consecutive Mondays were the busiest days the NHS has ever experienced in terms of A&E attendances in June.

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Becoming a learning organisation

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

Our first strategic objective is about quality of care: creating a learning organisation and culture of continuous improvement to reduce repeated harms and improve patient experience.

We are already learning a lot. We hold monthly serious incident learning events, where we reflect in an open and safe environment, looking at preventing future harm. Learning during the medication safety improvement programme in 2018-19 led to a 55% reduction in medication incidents, which resulted in moderate or severe patient harm, compared to the same period in 2017-18. And we are using new ways to learn from patients and the public through Patient Experience Based Co-design (EBCD) so we can learn by seeing things from other people’s perspective.

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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