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Tom Smerdon

Tom Smerdon
Director of Strategy and Sustainability


Given the developments that unfolded this week in regards to Brexit, I thought this was an opportune time to acknowledge again the great contribution of our colleagues from the EU. You are all highly valued and appreciated as part of Team ASPH.

I would also like to add a huge thank you to all of you who have been putting time and effort into contributing towards ‘no deal' contingency planning. This has involved reviewing business continuity plans, looking at different supply options, and daily and weekly reporting of risks and issues to the regional team.

Obviously this work will need to be paused for now until we know the next steps… However any work on our organisational resilience and emergency planning is never a wasted effort and all goes to prepare us to deal with any eventuality. You may not be directly involved in this work but I hope that just knowing it happens is reassuring. Wherever you work in our Trust there is a business continuity plan for your team, setting out how your service will continue to be provided should there be an unforeseen event. This is a good time to remind you to familiarise yourself with that, and offer any suggestions you have that could improve it!

As we head towards Easter it’s important to keep an eye on our hospitals and the impact of the focused effort on reducing bed occupancy and creating capacity going into the bank holiday weekend. There has been great progress this week on that which I know is welcomed by all and my thanks go to all the Divisional leaders and their staff along with the discharge team led by Janet Mcauley and the site operations team led by Russell Wernham. The work ramps up further next week with the MADE event and I’m sure you will all be eager to support that work.

In the meantime have a great weekend.

With best wishes

Tom Smerdon
Director of Strategy and Sustainability



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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