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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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Our finances are fit and healthy!

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

Welcome to this week’s message. I wanted to speak to you all this week about the end of year financial position and seek your support and advice on ensuring we make the most of the transformation opportunities to come.

Financial year 2018/19 was another really tough year (I know you know this!), during which time we have continued to focus on providing the highest quality care within a constrained financial environment. As a result of your incredible hard work and commitment we continue to maintain a strong underlying financial position.

So just to remind you of what we are planning to do, here is the list of the services and facilities at the hospitals that will be redesigned and improved, both for patients and the team and include:

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Letting better care emerge

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

Welcome to this week’s message. Firstly wanted to say a big thank you to all of those colleagues who were working so hard looking after patients over Easter. I do hope you all got to spend some time with your loved ones and some well-deserved rest too.

This week I wanted to talk to you about an amazing project launching in the Emergency Department this weekend called Emerge. This is an important collaboration between ASPH, the Emerge Advocacy and the East to West Trust charities which aims to support, enhance and improve the experience of young people and adults, aged from 10-25, whom present in ED because they are struggling with self-harm or feeling suicidal.

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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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