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Dragons’ Den brings out Team ASPH’s creative side

James Thomas

James Thomas
Chief Operating Officer

 

As we send this out on Friday afternoon, colleagues across the Trust are still presenting their fantastic Dragons’ Den ideas. Now in our second year, I am delighted to report we have had the most amazing response. Last year we had 23 submissions. This year we have had almost 50. In fact we have had so many that we are still watching the presentations. Last year we were finished by lunchtime.

What an impressive range of suggestions! And there have been some really creative ways that the ideas have been presented. We’ve had singing from the pantomime team, dietitians Hope and Ed asking for us to shift a few pounds in their direction to pay for new digital scales, and physiotherapist Carley Allen making fellow dragon David Fluck stretch his artistic skills by drawing a knee joint on stage.

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Ashford and St Peter’s as anchor organisations

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

We all know Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals play vital community roles. The hospitals and clinics are mainly seen as places where people go when they are unwell or have had an accident.

But alongside responding to the health and disease needs of the local community we can, and should, play a much wider role in tackling the wider determinants of health and wellbeing and health inequalities thus preventing and reducing illness, disease and suffering. This will both reduce demand on the hospitals but also improve sustainability and support wider local economic growth and wellbeing.

When you think about it, the impact of the Trust is immense. With almost 4,000 team members and volunteers, we are one of the area’s biggest employers. As custodians of two main hospital sites and large areas of outdoor space, how we maintain and look after them can make a positive – or negative – impact on the local environment. And we spend huge sums of money – around £80 million last year just on goods and services - and the associated waste and food miles for example are as significant.

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A Spotlight on Patient Catering

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

Welcome to this month’s video message, which focuses on the very important topic of patient catering.

I hope this video gives you some insight into the process of how we cater for patients, how we do our very best to provide nutritious meals, and the importance of nutrition and the mealtime experience in supporting patients in their recovery.

I spent time with members of the patient catering and dietetics team; William Britton; Assistant Director of Facilities Support Services, Lorraine Hook; Patient Catering Manager, and Marriyah Hasan; Dietitian, and spoke to each of them about their part of the patient catering journey.

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Team ASPH enters the Dragons' Den

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

How many times have you said, ‘if only we could do this differently, patients would benefit?’ Or ‘if my department had this piece of equipment, I would be able to provide better care?’ With Dragons’ Den 2019, this is a chance for our staff to do something about it.

This year we have a pot of £30,000 to invest in small projects of up to £1,000 each to support our vision ‘to provide an outstanding experience and the best outcome for patients and team.’

I loved hearing all of the ideas last year. What a fantastically creative and innovative team we have at ASPH! In 2018 we had 27 shortlisted pitches. Some of you might know we are very competitive, so I would love to have even more innovative ideas from staff shortlisted this year.

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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