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Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion

Dr David Fluck

Dr David Fluck
Acting Chief Executive

 

Welcome to this week's message. I have been on leave this past week but before I went, I attended an important and inspiring Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) virtual event, which was hosted by Surrey Heartlands and focused on race.

Nearly 100 people from across the partnership organisations attended and took part in discussions which informed meaningful actions to improve experiences of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) workforce and local community.

At ASPH we are proud of our diverse workforce and have an active BAME network, which meets on a regular basis to discuss ideas and actions to support staff. The Black Lives Matter campaign has mobilised support from all sections of the Trust's workforce, significantly increasing support and membership of our BAME staff network and a call to action to raise awareness of and response to issues relating to race. A number of taskforce groups are being established in order to do this. Allies are very welcome to attend these sessions.

I thought you'd be interested in some of the key messages shared at the EDI conference:

 

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A Guide to the Non-Executive Directors

Andy Field

Andy Field
Chairman

 

David has kindly lent me the message this week as in similar way to last week's message which focused on the executive team, I thought it would be useful to provide an update on the roles and responsibilities of the Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) who sit on the ASPH NHS Foundation Trust Board.

As Chairman, my role is to ensure the Board as a whole is effective in its governance and decision making, with a focus on our strategy, assurance that we are being run safely, effectively and efficiently and setting the right culture in accordance with our 4Ps values. Another large part of my role is to represent the Trust externally, both across the local and regional health and care systems and also working with the local authorities and NHS representative bodies. I also chair the Council of Governors and through this, stay close to the views and experiences of both the Governors and Trust members. The other NEDs each bring different skills and interests to the table and these are reflected in the roles they have within our Governance structure.

 

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A Guide to the Executive Team

Dr David Fluck

Dr David Fluck
Acting Chief Executive

 

As there have been a few changes recently I wanted to use this week's message to update you on the executive team, the various roles and responsibilities we are fulfilling and our individual areas of focus.

For me, my priority remains the safety, health and wellbeing of patients and the team and everything we do must have this at its centre. My role is to lead, guide and support the team through the developing Covid situation and beyond, ensuring that we build upon some of the excellent, transformational, work we have done at great pace and safely restore services.

I asked my executive colleagues to provide a brief summary of their current priorities and I hope you find the following informative.

 

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Safety at Work

Louise McKenzie

Louise McKenzie
Director of Workforce Transformation

 

I have taken over the message for this week to talk about a really important subject - your safety at work.

As we navigate the ongoing challenges that the COVID-19 situation has brought to all of our everyday lives, it is clear that we need to make a number of immediate changes to how we work to ensure that we stay as safe as possible.

A new guide has been published to help managers implement measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 between staff in offices and other workplaces across the Trust. The guide sets out principles in relation to;

  • Social distancing
  • Organising your workplace
  • Using common/shared areas
  • Cleaning and good hygiene
  • Travelling to work and moving around buildings
  • Working in other people's homes

 

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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.