Return to the homepage

Celebrating 70 Years of the NHS

"Together we Care" is the name and ethos behind our new nursing and midwifery strategy, which sets the vision and direction of nursing and midwifery care at our hospitals.

At the end of 2012 the government launched a new national vision and strategy, centred around six values of care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment.

Chief Nurse Suzanne Rankin explains: “We want our strategy to incorporate the focus of the six ‘C’s but also to reflect our own priorities and aspirations. Every day in our hospitals we see examples of excellent patient care but there is always more we can do and as a team, I want all our nurses and midwives to aspire to provide the best nursing and midwifery care to every patient, every time.”

Unsurprisingly, much of the strategy talks about safe care, professional competency, kindness, respect and understanding, but there is also an increasing focus on personal responsibility, strong leadership and developing a culture of openness and honesty.

Suzanne adds: “In the light of reports such as Mid Staffordshire, transparency and responsibility have rightly become hot topics in the NHS and we want to make those values ‘real’ at Ashford and St Peter’s.

A key element is ensuring that staff feel confident to challenge and speak up, whatever their position and grade.”

Add your feedback

Latest News

Find out more

Celebrating the past, present and future of the NHS

On Tuesday 3rd July Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals staff and volunteers were joined by special guests to bury a time capsule as part of the celebrations for the 70th birthday of the NHS.

 

Find out more

High Sheriff Visits St Peter’s Hospital

On Tuesday 25th June the High Sheriff of Surrey, Mr Jim Glover, paid a special visit to St Peter's Hospital in Surrey to learn more about the Trust's partnership with Surrey County Council's Family Services; particularly the carpentry projects undertaken by young people referred to Surrey Family Services, to make items for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and stroke rehabilitation service.

 

Find out more

A special careers event for armed forces personnel

As a strong supporter of the 'Step into Health' initiative - which connects employers in the NHS to people from the armed forces community - and to celebrate Armed Services Week, Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals is holding a special careers event aimed specifically at armed forces personnel who are looking to transfer to alternative careers.

 

Suzanne's Message

Respect at work

I wanted to talk to you this week about some great work we are doing to ensure that the principles of inclusion and diversity are embedded into everything that we do, and stand for, underpinned by our vision, mission, aims and values (4Ps) outlined in our new strategy ... read this week's message