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Vive la resolution!

Like me, many of you will have made New Year’s resolutions at the beginning of the year. Some of the familiar ones will be ‘lose weight’, ‘get fitter’, ‘stop smoking’ or maybe it’s been ‘Dry January’ for you. We all start off with the best of intentions but so often, sticking to those personal pledges is the hardest part, particularly as pressures of work and other demands on us start to grow.

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Building relationships

This week's message has been written by Heather Caudle, our Chief Nurse at the Trust.

Hello everyone. Suzanne is taking a well-earned day's leave today so I'm taking the opportunity to highlight a really interesting visit we hosted yesterday from South Korea.

We were contacted a while ago by Cho-dang University, one of the largest nurse training universities in South Korea, asking if we could facilitate a visit by some of their student nurses who were interested in understanding more about the NHS and how healthcare works in the UK. Of course we said yes; sharing knowledge, showcasing Team ASPH and encouraging new relationships is always something we are keen to do!

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Upon further inspection

Many of you will remember that it’s just over two years ago since the CQC came and did their full hospital inspection. We were rated as ‘Good’ overall which was a fantastic achievement, particularly as the inspection took place during a really tough winter in terms of demand and capacity issues.

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We can do it!

Now as you know we've been undertaking something called Reboot Week this week and you will all have seen the national media, there is no question the NHS is under pressure. But of course, as expected, and because you are all fantastic people here doing fantastic work, at ASPH we have risen to the challenge.

Now Reboot Week was planned in any event, but it turned out to be very timely. And as we moved into Opel 4 Black, we moved into business continuity on Sunday evening, the Reboot Week was already planned and in a way that turned out to be very fortuitous.

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.

Past Messages