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Help us prevent flu at ASPH

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

This week I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about flu. Whilst it has been relatively mild and we are yet to see any widespread flu outbreaks, planning for winter and the associated pressures has been ongoing for some time, and planning to avoid flu illness and infection for Team ASPH, patients and carers, is very much a part of this.

The ASPH seasonal flu campaign began a couple of weeks ago and we’ve had a really positive start with over 1060 vaccines already given - this is a fantastic initial uptake of colleagues who’ve been vaccinated. This year we have 25 Peer Vaccinators from various divisions who have been doing a really great job of visiting colleagues within their work areas, making it as quick and efficient as possible for staff to be vaccinated. In addition to this, Occupational Health also launched the drop in flu clinic last Monday which has been taking place at St Peter’s and will be at Ashford this week. 

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Every mind matters

Dr David Fluck

Dr David Fluck
Medical Director

 

You will have seen a number of messages last week in the build-up to World Mental Health Day which took place on 10th October. This day highlighted the importance of mental health with the key theme of suicide prevention being on the agenda for 2019. Working at ASPH our role is two-fold in that we have a responsibility to look after the mental health of our patients but also to look after our own mental health. There is a wealth of evidence showing a close link between positive staff ‘wellbeing and experiences’ and ‘increased patient safety and outcomes’. We are unable to care for others effectively if we aren’t in the best frame of mind ourselves so please remember that ‘every mind matters’.

Throughout Thursday and Friday we ran two insightful events to raise awareness of the different areas of mental health with staff and visitors across the Trust and we provided training for clinical staff on mental health topics and suicide prevention with over 60 members of staff attending. To enable us to support staff with mental health concerns and to improve staff wellbeing we are looking to recruit ‘Workplace Wellbeing Guardians’ who will be trained in mental health first aid and the first point of contact for staff and advocates for all health and wellbeing matters.

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Celebrating Team ASPH

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

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!

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Change and Improvement at ASPH

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

Back in July, James Thomas used the weekly message to talk about the Making Every Day Count Programme. James described the sustained pressure our urgent care services are under; how winter pressure is usually abated by May, yet this year continued into the summer months. As we are about to enter a new winter period, it’s clear we need to make some bold changes to improve the situation for patients and the team.

By 2022 we will have a fantastic new Urgent and Emergency Care Facility (exact name TBC) comprising an Integrated Assessment Unit, A&E, Urgent Treatment Centre and other assessment areas and services - this will greatly help. However the increase in demand will not wait three years and we need to act now; as many of you already know we have been working on those immediate decisions and actions.

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Chief Executive's Message

On a regular basis, 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.