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A Spotlight on Patient Catering

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

Welcome to this month’s video message, which focuses on the very important topic of patient catering.

I hope this video gives you some insight into the process of how we cater for patients, how we do our very best to provide nutritious meals, and the importance of nutrition and the mealtime experience in supporting patients in their recovery.

I spent time with members of the patient catering and dietetics team; William Britton; Assistant Director of Facilities Support Services, Lorraine Hook; Patient Catering Manager, and Marriyah Hasan; Dietitian, and spoke to each of them about their part of the patient catering journey.

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Team ASPH enters the Dragons' Den

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

How many times have you said, ‘if only we could do this differently, patients would benefit?’ Or ‘if my department had this piece of equipment, I would be able to provide better care?’ With Dragons’ Den 2019, this is a chance for our staff to do something about it.

This year we have a pot of £30,000 to invest in small projects of up to £1,000 each to support our vision ‘to provide an outstanding experience and the best outcome for patients and team.’

I loved hearing all of the ideas last year. What a fantastically creative and innovative team we have at ASPH! In 2018 we had 27 shortlisted pitches. Some of you might know we are very competitive, so I would love to have even more innovative ideas from staff shortlisted this year.

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Improving personal resilience

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

This week it’s been mental health awareness week, as well as learning at work week. While at first they may look like two completely separate issues, I see a lot of synergy between the two when looking at them through the lens of resilience.

I hear the word resilience a lot these days. At meetings I attend there are a lot of conversations about ‘resilience of the system.’ What I want to talk about today is personal resilience – how to withstand the stresses and strains of everyday life and work and still flourish. And perhaps come out even stronger.

At the same time it is important to recognise that ASPH as an organisation, and the wider NHS system, has a duty to support you in doing difficult jobs in challenging situations. We need to ensure our culture, policies, procedures, and the way we work align to minimise the call on your personal resilience, allowing you to maintain the compassion and empathy which led you to choose careers at ASPH.

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A day to show our pride

Sue Tranka

Sue Tranka
Chief Nurse

 

As ASPH's Chief Nurse, on this year's Pride in Nursing and Midwifery Day, I am delighted to be writing this week's message.

The annual Pride in Nursing and Midwifery Day on 10th May, and International Nurses Day, which this year is on Sunday 12th May, are among my favourite events. And this year is no different.

Today, as part of our celebrations, I spent time with some fantastic Team ASPH nurses and midwives at a Health for All event in Chertsey House. I was so proud to hear from nursing and midwifery colleagues across ASPH as well some uplifting presentations from external speakers.

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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.

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