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As you know, following our successful end of year financial position, we've been able to put aside some additional money to spend on improving our working environment which is great news. Overall we've got around £1 million of capital we can spend, and - as I mentioned previously - we really want to hear your ideas on what will make the most difference to colleagues.

We've already had a few suggestions, and I'd like to hear more. What would make the most impact in your area? I'm not talking about small items such as a new microwave, or fridge - if you need anything like that please speak directly to your manager or head of department - but things that would make a more substantial difference to where and how you work - things like refurbishing whole staff areas, creating a better waiting space for patients and so on.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to highlight our special Dragon's Den event that James Thomas - Ops Director for Planned Care - is planning for 22nd June. In addition to the capital money I've mentioned above, we've also managed to set aside an additional £20,000 to spend on smaller projects that you can bid for. James is looking for projects that cost between around £500 - £1000 and particularly that support our vision to provide an outstanding experience and outcome for patients and the team.

Finally I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone involved in today's brilliant Pride in Nursing & Midwifery Day. Sue Tranka and her team put on a brilliantly inspiring event that was attended not just by nursing and midwifery colleagues, but by people from across our organisation and partners. A particularly big thank you to Fiona Holley, Sophia Perez-Broz, Harriet Barker and Russell Wernham who really pulled the stops out to make the day such a success.

And we were lucky to be joined by two great speakers who shared their valuable insight into nursing for the future, Professor Philip Darbyshire, who is recognised internationally for his nursing leadership and Jan Baptiste-Grant whose expertise is in coaching.

The major theme of the day was around the importance of being kind to one another and how that creates a caring culture which is what we want our organisation to be known for, not only for patients but importantly for colleagues and teams. In a world where you can be anything, it's so important to remember to be kind; it has such an impact on recruitment and retention and in creating a happy working environment.

Wishing you all a great weekend and remember, be kind to yourself, be kind to each other and be kind to patients.

With very best wishes,

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive


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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