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Your Trust, Your Voice

Welcome to my message this week. Now you'll have noticed this is different. Normally we either write a message which you see out on Aspire or we video a message. But this time we're trying something different - a podcast. So if I might I wanted to speak for a few moments around our recently published staff survey results.

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Plays for today

This week I wanted to talk to you about an exciting series of healthcare plays by playwright Brian Daniels that are coming to ASPH very soon!

Brian was commissioned back in 2016 by the National Council for Palliative Care and funded by NHS England, to write three plays about end of life care based on real life stories, with the aim of providing professional development and powerful insight for healthcare staff. It was so successful, he was then commissioned by other healthcare bodies to produce further plays on prominent medical and social issues and has been touring healthcare organisations, charities and NHS Trusts across the country performing these plays since.

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Opening our doors to the community

Our open day

The Chairman Andy and I, as most of you will know, are keen to hold the first annual Community Open Day at ASPH this summer on Saturday 6th July from 10am-3pm at St Peter’s Hospital.

A chance to open our doors and welcome all generations of the community we care for - as well as Team ASPH families - to come together for a celebratory, fun, engaging and interactive day. As it’s our first one we are focusing on the St Peter’s site and once we have reflected on this event we will plan for next year to hold it across all sites.

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The Plan for the Plan

This week I wanted to talk to you about ‘the Plan for the Plan’ as the ASPH Business Planning draws to a conclusion and the 2019/20 Operating Plan is being finalised.

This is a crucial process we do every financial year, which every trust across the country has to do, commissioned by the NHSI who assure that the plans meet obligations with regards to constitutional targets, national guidance, planning and returns.

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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.

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