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Our third ASPH Rounders Tournament kicked off in April with more teams than ever signing up. Despite some patchy weather to start we powered through with some shock winners and losers. I always hear people trying to work out whose side I’m on, and who my favourite is but I really do my best to be fair- I’m on no one’s side and my favourite team has been the same since the first year and they’ve never won in the final! Along the way there were laughs, cracking slogs of the ball, great teamwork, and the meeting of one department of staff with another! Next year I’m mixing things up a bit, I’m going to have a Rounders Committee of about six of us that will make the rules jointly and decide how the tournament will run. Well done to ITU who won the cup this year, they have really impressed me and if they come back to retain their title they will be the first team to do so. Last year their first game was poor but they studied the rules, came together as a team, and really did improve with every game well deserved to them! See you all next year.


Staff Achievement Awards

Now that rounders is over, I’m busy working on the Staff Achievement Awards for this year. These take place on Thursday 3rd October at Sandhurst Military College, a lovely afternoon tea awaits those worthy teams shortlisted who will be invited. It really is a great afternoon – a heart-warming event watching staff recognised for their hard work.


In Their Shoes

In Their Shoes offers a superb opportunity to spend a day in another department. Perhaps you are thinking of your next step within the Trust but would like a trial first, or maybe you’d like to learn more about a department or team. Not all Trust’s offer this, it’s a really unique opportunity and I wish more of you took advantage of it (not that I’m encouraging the work!). Personally, I have done this a few times in the past; I’ve shadowed a junior doctor in A&E on a night shift, a Consultant Anaesthetist in theatres, the pain nurses and also spent a day in maternity. These placements filled me with amazement, renewed respect for our clinical teams-absolute heroes in my eyes, and an excitement that I find incredibly hard to describe. The next opportunity to take part in this fantastic programme is in October - look out for further information in autumn and give it a go!


ASPH Panto - Cinderella

My other project is the first ever ASPH Pantomime - Cinderella.

This was an idea brought to me by David Sills, our Lead Dementia Admiral Nurse who thought it would be great fun for the staff. My vision was it should be run by staff for the staff and that if we have 4,000 staff then we must have enough talent and energy to pull this together - #ittakesateam. So far, our Panto director, choreographer, singers, dancers, actors, and actresses are all within the Trust and they really are a fantastic bunch. The pantomime will take place at St George’s College, in Weybridge who have very kindly donated their theatre to us for the week.

Tickets will be on sale Monday 7th October. A show packed full of fun, and members of Team ASPH whom you may never look at in the same way again!

Heather Bixley,
Staff Engagement Officer