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This week I wanted to talk to you about myths at ASPH and the wider NHS and how it’s time to start busting them!

Myth: A widely held but false belief or idea

When you think about the complexity of what we do at ASPH and across the NHS every minute of every day the scope for myths, confusion or misinterpretation is immense. How does the government actually establish health policy, priorities and the long term plan for the NHS? More locally, how do we organise health care services and allocate funding to maximise benefit to patients? What about here at the Trust – how do we decide which services to provide, use the hospital sites efficiently, organise the workforce etc?

I know that over the years these are just a few topics I’ve heard people discuss and ask questions about over and over again. You’ll recall that in my message two weeks ago I talked about a refreshed approach to internal communications – facilitating a genuine discussion amongst colleagues with the new Team Talk and utilising the digital technology available to us to share and discuss important messages.

ASPH MythBusters is a new communications campaign we are launching alongside this new approach. I want colleagues to feel able to ask questions about myths they are interested in and matter to them and find out whether they are in fact true of false. Of course, as a leadership team, we are not experts on everything … But we will do our very best to answer every one and if we don’t know the answer, defer to colleagues outside the Trust to find out for you. I always like the saying that ‘every day is a school day’ and I think as ASPH MythBusters evolves we could all learn something new!

Keep an eye out for the answers via Twitter following @ASPHFT and #ASPHMythBusters and I look forward to reading them all!

Finally, I wanted to end on saying a huge thank you to all of you – Team ASPH. Many of you will have felt the enormous pressure we’ve been under this week. From Tuesday night, demand on our emergency services and inpatient beds peaked and it’s been a really tough few days. We’ve had to open extra beds and use escalation areas, which is never ideal and means moving colleagues from their usual place of work to safely staff other areas. Thank you for the flexibility and resilience you’ve shown in dealing with this and putting the patients first. It really does make all the difference when things are difficult and will hopefully enable us to enter the weekend on a more level footing.

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.

Past Messages