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Working differently to meet growing demand

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

Over the last few months, as an executive team, we have weighed up a number of options to respond to the sustained increase in demand for services. Over summer we usually see a reduction in patients requiring urgent and emergency care but not this year and we think this will continue.

I am acutely aware of the additional pressure this puts on colleagues across the Trust and patients are potentially not receiving the high level of care that I know we all want to deliver. Not only this, the way we deliver some services are costly and a poor use of resources and this undermines our ability to meet some of our constitutional targets, like those for elective care. We have explored, and continue to explore, a range of options, including with partners such as BMI and CareRooms.

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Welcome FY1 doctors

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

In this week’s message, on behalf of Team ASPH, I would like to give a big welcome to the new FY1 (Foundation year 1) doctors who started with us this week. We hope you will enjoy your time at ASPH. I think we’re a friendly bunch and I hope you find this too.

Firstly let me say congratulations on passing your undergraduate training. You will have made your way to medicine through a variety of routes, but one thing is certainly true you will all have worked incredibly hard to have got to this point so very well done indeed you should be rightly proud. Now comes the next part of your training and education, where you will continue your learning, applying the knowledge you have into practice and of course be stretched and challenged in new ways.

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Broadening our horizons

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

Today I am shadowing the Divisional Director for Women's Health and Paediatrics – Mr Faris Zakaria (many of you will know him as "Zak"). In the coming weeks I will do the same with the other Divisional Directors and it got me thinking about lesser known opportunities in the Trust to learn from others and broaden our horizons.

Often, we think we know what other people's jobs entail. Yet the reality of what they encounter and do day-to-day can be vastly different to that expectation. Taking ourselves out of the comfort zone of our usual "day-to-day" and experiencing someone else's reality provides a fresh perspective and is good for personal development.

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Reducing ASPH’s environmental footprint

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

It will be no surprise to you that we included a dedicated Sustainability Report in the Trust’s recently published Annual Report and Accounts for 2018-19. As an organisation, and as individuals, we have to take responsibility for our environmental impact.

Team ASPH is making significant strides in reducing the negative impact on the environment but we still have a long way to go. One way we measure our environmental impact is through our ‘carbon footprint’. Since 2008 we have achieved an estimated 14% reduction in our carbon footprint at a time when the Trust’s activities have grown significantly (as measured by operating expenditure, the Trust’s activity has increased by 54% since 2008). This is positive but overall the NHS has a target to reduce emissions by 34% by 2020.

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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.

Past Messages