Welcome to our Summer 2014 edition of Members’ Matters
Since the last edition of Members’ Matters we announced our proposed plans to merge with the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. We’ve held two membership events in June, which many of you attended, to talk more about our plans for the merged Trust and to answer questions.
As you will no doubt be aware our Chief Executive, Andrew Liles, is to leave the Trust at the end of August to take on a new role as partner in a healthcare consultancy. It is with great pleasure that I can now announce we have appointed our Chief Nurse, Suzanne Rankin, as our new Chief Executive. I have no doubt we have secured the right leadership to ensure Ashford and St Peter’s continues to build on its success and to realise our ambitions on behalf of both patients and staff. As well as demonstrating exceptionally strong leadership during her time here as Chief Nurse, Suzanne is able to draw from a wealth of experience from other senior roles within both the NHS and the Royal Navy, where she spent her early nursing career. I look forward to working with her in her new role from September.
We are also looking for a new Public Governor to stand for Runnymede, so if you’d like to represent your fellow residents and stand for election please fill in a nominations form.
Regrettably, due to other professional commitments, Nonexecutive Director Jim Gollan will be leaving the Trust shortly. I would like to thank Jim for all his contributions to the Trust over the past three years and to wish him well for the future.
Finally, we’ve seen some brilliant results after an audit of our new Older Person’s Assessment and Liaison Team. The team has helped improve quality of care for our over 75 year-old patients, including reducing admissions to our wards from the Medical Assessment Unit by 75%, a huge achievement.
Aileen McLeish, Chairman