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People, processes, and partnership

This week, through a number of different events that I’ve attended, I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on one of our biggest challenges – the sustainability and resilience of our workforce. Put simply there just aren’t enough of our traditional workforce colleagues to cover all the areas we need; this doesn’t just apply to roles such as doctors, nurses and therapists, it also includes our support services and other professions such as scientists, trainers, administrators and so on.

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Being prepared

With this week’s harrowing news of the Grenfell Tower fire in West London, there have now been three significant events in London, and of course the attack in Manchester, that have placed huge demands on our emergency service colleagues.

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For the record

Clearly this week’s General Election has created a lot of interest and debate, and we all know how influential the political landscape can be on the NHS. Whilst we are not absolutely clear how things will progress following this morning’s result, we will of course be keeping a watchful eye to see if there is any particular impact for the NHS.

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Innovation in action

Today I have had the pleasure of attending and presenting at our Research and Development Open Day which has been taking place this afternoon in Chertsey House.

An annual event to showcase the fantastic research and development we do across ASPH, today’s event saw another full house of staff and patients, along with some of our Governors and members of the Board. Once again the team, led by our Director of R&D Professor Pankaj Sharma, Deputy Director Dr Isaac John and R&D Manager Dr Martha Wrigley, put on a great programme that covered a variety of different approaches and perspectives.

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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.

 

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